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As time goes on the real damage done by the hyper-reaction to domestic surveillance back in the 1960s and the resulting laws and executive orders continues to hamstring U.S. intelligence.
As one who had to suffer through the misery caused by first Executive Order 11905, then the amplifying FISA, then Executive Order 12333, the paranoia and confusion it causes is tremendous to those on the “Front End.” In normal SIGINT operations it got so bad at one point if someone began to speak English the target would be dropped for fear it was a “U.S. person.”
The definition of “U.S. person” is the crux of the problem here, and something the Democrats will not admit to having crafted in such a way when they wrote the FISA law that it can prevent any useful intelligence being gained. Suffice it to say any dirt bag inside the U.S., or with a green card, or having a U.S. passport, or even an illegal immigrant living in the U.S. can be construed as a “U.S. person” and therefore must be handed off to the FBI. But as noted by the 9/11 Commission, since they don’t usually get the audit trail as to why these people were being tagged to start with, they can’t devote proper resources to them.p>Suffice it to say as well that with all of the brouhaha over “torture” that in a few years the name of John McCain will be right down there with Frank Church and Otis Pike in the intel community for the damage caused to U.S. foreign intelligence collection, processing, analysis and reporting. br> — Cookie Sewell
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?
H/T to National Review Online