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Monday, December 19, 2005

Thoughts: Defending Eavesdropping

With the liberals blowing a gasket over the news report that Bush authorize the NSA to eavesdrop on any international phone calls and emails maybe the liberals should look to the past. I'm sure none of the same liberals were complaining when Clinton had the NSA to the same thing.

uring the 1990's under President Clinton, the National Security Agency monitored millions of private phone calls placed by U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries under a super secret program code-named Echelon.

On Friday, the New York Times suggested that the Bush administration has instituted "a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices" when it "secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without [obtaining] court-approved warrants."

But in fact, the NSA had been monitoring private domestic telephone conversations on a much larger scale throughout the 1990s - all of it done without a court order, let alone a catalyst like the 9/11 attacks.

This isn't a new things. And I am not for big brother government at all, but I have no problem with the US intelligence agencies monitoring conversations to terrorist nations. If monitoring phone calls and emails to Syria or any other country in the Mid East can save a few lives and prevent terrorist attacks than it makes it worth it.


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