National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell said this in an interview 2 days ago:
The fact we're doing it this way means that some Americans are going to dieWTF!? Exposing and debating an unconstitutional program means some Americans will die? I doubt that ... and apparently McConnell doubts that too because in that interview he exposed, for the first time, details of the program that even congress wasn't briefed about before their vote for the new unconstitutional spying law.
Q. So you're saying that the reporting and the debate in Congress means that some Americans are going to die?
A. That's what I mean.
For the first time McConnell confirmed that the Telcom companies were involved:
The Bush administration has confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role in the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program after asserting for more than a year that any role played by them was a “state secret.”And McConnell's main concern on this issue wasn't 'state secrets,' it was the potential costs to those companies:
It is vital, he said, for Congress to give retroactive legal immunity to the companies that assisted in the program to help prevent them from facing bankruptcy because of lawsuits over it.Gee, they should have thought of that before they broke the law. Like these 'tough on crime' rethuglicans are always saying, if you can't do the time don't do the crime ... or at least lose the money.
But you'd think America's chief spy would have higher concerns, like when he claimed Iraqis are invading our country via Mexico:
So, are terrorists coming across the Southwest border? [...] There were a significant number of Iraqis who came across last year.Ohmygawd, the terrerists are coming, the ter ... uhhh, wait a minute, didn't he say Iraqis? Iraqis = terrerists? But I thought Iraqis were freedom loving people who would greet us as liberators? And if they 'know' Iraqi terrorists are infiltrating the US ... ohh, never mind, these people know no shame and have constantly proved they aren't above lying to stampede the sheeple into war and giving up even more civil liberties (i.e. WMDs, aluminum tubes, mushroom clouds, drones of mass destruction, mobile bio labs, 'dirty' bombs, etc, etc, etc.)
And in addition to revealing the exact 'state secrets' that Bush has fought so hard to quash in the courts, and exposing his paraniod fantasies about terrerists, he also has delusions about the original intent of the FISA law.
The reason that the FISA law was passed in 1978 was an arrangement was worked out between the Congress and the administration [...] we are trying to get back to what was the intention of '78.Sorry dude, the 'intention of 78' and the reason that FISA passed in 1978 was that the executive branch under Nixon ran wild and spied on Americans.
Exactly like now. And the intention was to stop that spying unless you can convince a court to issue a warrant, not the warrantless spying that McConnell is an advocate of.
Cross posted at VidiotSpeak