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When the President says he has authorized covert signals intercepts involving “U.S. Persons” (apparently a term of art) “more than 30 times” since 9/11, one can only hope that it was a lot more than 30 times. Somewhere around 30 gazillion times sounds better.
There must be some good reason the Almighty has made us suffer the ubiquity of these diabolical inventions called cell phones and e-mail.p>So, what exactly is a “U.S. Person,” anyway? br> — Paul Kotik br> Plantation, Florida /p> p> Jed Babbin replies: br> Dear Paul: An excellent question. A “U.S. person” under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is: (a) a U.S. citizen; or (b) an alien who has been granted permanent residence status. So, as I read it, anyone who is an illegal alien, on a student or work visa or otherwise here on a temporary status can be subjected to intelligence surveillance without court order of any sort. /p>
The president’s program at NSA is, as far as I can see (which is without having seen his classified executive order) is entirely legal. And if those in Congress want to whine about it, let them. The Congress, and the Senate especially given the filibuster of the PATRIOT Act extension, the McCain “al-Qaeda bill of rights” and so many other things, are acting irresponsibly with respect to the war we’re in. And in 2006, we’ll do our best to defeat as many of them as we can.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?