By Max Rugemer
| Monday, February 6th, 2006 at 3:14 pm
Here’s another good reason to be suspicious of all information you find in the liberal mainstream media. From the New York Post:
COMPUTERS CAN’T EAVESDROP
By HEATHER MAC DONALD
February 6, 2006 — COMPUTERS can’t spy. They can’t violate your privacy, because they don’t know that you exist. They are are the solution to Americans’ hyperactive privacy paranoia, not its nightmare confirmation.
The furor over the National Security Agency’s al Qaeda phone-tracking program has been inflamed by conflating computer scanning with human spying. Administration critics and the media have thrown around the phrases “domestic surveillance” and “warrantless eavesdropping” to refer to what appears to be computer analysis of vast amounts of communications traffic.
In only the most minute fraction of cases has a human mind attended to the results â€” at which point, the term “eavesdropping” may become appropriate. Most of the time, however, the data passed through NSA’s supercomputers without any sentient being learning what the data were.
Anyone who feels violated by the possibility that his international phone calls or e-mails joined the flood of zeros and ones that feed the NSA’s machines â€” only to be passed by, undeciphered â€” must believe that his individuality can spark interest even in silicon chips….
So all of this outrage has been about a computer scanning overseas calls with pattern recognition software? Perhaps they are looking for bit strings that say — explosives, bomb, hijack, boxcutter — and so on. How many inocuous phone calls might that include?
Read the entire article here.
Military action is NOT subject to civilian courts. Here is a related article from the WSJ Opinion Journal:
America Expects Surveillance
Monitoring the enemy is necessary and appropriate.
BY ALBERTO R. GONZALES
In the days following Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush charted a course of action to respond to the worst attack on our homeland in history. He promised to use every tool available to defeat al Qaeda and pledged to take the fight to the enemy abroad as he worked to prevent another attack. As he said in the State of the Union address, “Our country must remain on the offensive against terrorism here at home.” The president has the constitutional responsibility–and authority–to lead this response.
After Sept. 11, Congress immediately confirmed the president’s constitutional authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force” against those “those nations, organizations, or persons he determines” responsible for the attacks. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) gave the president the latitude to use a full complement of tools and tactics against our enemy. A majority of Supreme Court justices have concluded that the AUMF authorizes the president to use “fundamental and accepted” incidents of military force in our armed conflict with al Qaeda. The use of signals intelligence–intercepting enemy communications–is a fundamental incident of waging war….
The AUMF is not a blank check for the president to cash at the expense of the rights of citizens. The NSA’s terrorist surveillance program is narrowly focused on the international communications of persons believed to be members or agents of al Qaeda or affiliated terrorist organizations. The terrorist surveillance program protects both the security of the nation and the rights and liberties we cherish….When I testify before Congress today, I will tell them not only that the president had the authority to use this effective antiterror tool, but that it would have been irresponsible for him not to employ this weapon to prevent another attack on our country.
To read all of this one, go here.