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The National Security Agency provided a list of "talking points" about the warrantless eavesdropping program on Americans in America to Senate intelligence agency chair, Pat Roberts (R-Kan) that somehow ended up on the pages of WaPo. The one that caught my eye, was the one that admitted guilt.
"Current law is not agile enough to handle the threat posed by sophisticated international terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda"
So instead of following the law, that is not "agile enough" (72 hour retro-warrants are waaay too slow) they chose to ignore the law. Which is a polite way of saying they are engaged in criminal activity, and their own talking points point that out. Can somebody get a judge on the phone?

Originally posted to Oilfieldguy on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:07 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Excellent frame (6+ / 0-)

    Hypothetical Me:  Your Honor, current law is not agile enough to handle the threat posed by my recently deceased neighbor who looked at me in a threatening way.  I had to stop him, Your Honor.

    Hey ... get up ... and remember ... 9/11 changed nothing.

    by CalbraithRodgers on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 09:59:58 PM PDT

  •  "Dear Mr. Vice President" (3+ / 0-)
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    kingubu, jimreyn, TeddySanFran

    One element particularly troubling to the Democrats was the statement that there was "strict" congressional oversight of the program, because, as one senior Democrat said yesterday, committee members are still awaiting requested documents such as the original authorization by President Bush that initiated the program.

    July 17, 2003
    Dear Mr. Vice President,

    I am writing to reiterate my concern regarding the sensitive intelligence issues we discussed today with the DCI, DIRNSA, and Chairman Roberts and our House Intelligence Committee counterparts.

    Clearly the activities we discussed raise profound oversight issues. As you know, I am neither a technician or an attorney. Given the security restrictions associated with this information, and my inability to consult staff or counsel on my own, I feel unable to fully evaluate, much less endorse these activities.

    As I reflected on the meeting today, and the future we face, John Poindexter's TIA project sprung to mind, exacerbating my concern regarding the direction the Administration is moving with regard to security, technology, and surveiliance.

    Without more information and the ability to draw on any independent legal or techical expertise, I simply cannot satisfy lingering concerns raised by the briefing we received.

    I am retaining a copy of this letter in a sealed envelope in the secure spaces of the Senate Intelligence Committee to ensure that I have a record of this communication.

    I appreciate your consideration of my views.

    Most respectfully,

    Jay Rockefeller

  •  Not an admission (0+ / 0-)

    That's not an admission of guilt.  It states their conclusion (no explanation) for why they don't operate under the ambit of FISA, but is does not say they think they have to follow it.

    •  Compliance is optional (0+ / 0-)

      You know, FISA is just one "tool."  There are other "tools."  And even after FISA is "clarified" and made more "agile," Bush will only have to comply with it if he feels like it.

      Sometimes you cover your ass with the lame excuses you have, not the lame excuses you wish for.

      by litigatormom on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 03:39:09 AM PDT

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