News The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts. But…
posted by October 17 at 9:45 AMon
I missed this article from a few days ago. It’s worth putting on Slog.
You know how the Bush Administration is always justifying its warrantless spying program by saying … “If we had had this before Sept. 11…”
The implication of this scare-tactic politicking, of course, is that if the Democratic Congress doesn’t sign off on Bush’s creepy surveillance policies, the Democrats are aiding the terrorists.
“They don’t understand the Post Septmeber 11 world,” Bush admonishes critics of his Stasi ways.
In that context, this report from the Washington Post in which a telecom official from Qwest claims the administration may have been using illegal surveillance tactics seven months before September 11—is, if true—extra embarrassing for Bush.
1) It means President Bush’s “Post September 11 World” rationale is a lie, and he’s been spying since the earliest months of his administration.
2) It means, this extra spying shit doesn’t work to prevent things like September 11 anyway, and so Bush is telling a double lie.
3) The Bush administration is so incompetent that even when they use drastic surveillance measures, they can’t stop the bad guys.
From The Post:
Nacchio’s account, which places the NSA proposal at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, suggests that the Bush administration was seeking to enlist telecommunications firms in programs without court oversight before the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts.
The Qwest exec also claims that the administration punished his company for not participating in the questionable spying program by canceling an unrelated, lucrative government contract.