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I Hate It

When I miss the obvious. Too many things going on, and too busy trying to convince congresscritters not to be stupid, and too much outrage over what was being done. I didn’t think it through.

The hypothetical used to justify the latest power grab was: two terrorists in foreign countries talking to each other, but you need a warrant to intercept their conversation through a switch in the US. That isn’t true. That has never been true. We have been doing the equivalent of that for decades with nary a warrant in sight. As long as the the conversation originates and terminates outside the US, it is irrelevant where the tap takes place.

If one side of the connection is Pakistan and the other side is Egypt, a US court has no authority to approve or disapprove a tap. It doesn’t make any difference if it is voice, text messaging, or e-mail – it originates and terminates outside the jurisdiction of US courts.

Think about it.


1 The Culture Ghost { 08.08.07 at 12:18 am }

I see where you’re going with this…and once you let it settle in, then it becomes so transparent.
It was so obvious as to be invisible.

2 Bryan { 08.08.07 at 12:38 pm }

It’s classical redirection used by stage magicians since the beginning.

3 whig { 08.08.07 at 1:28 pm }

It’s coming back around in six months and there will be a new excuse to do even more domestic spying. They seem to want it to keep coming around for more revisions so they can keep adding more cover to what they’re doing.

So now what?

4 Bryan { 08.08.07 at 4:56 pm }

First, you expose the lie. Then, you expose the people who fell for it as fools.

5 The Culture Ghost { 08.08.07 at 5:19 pm }

And then you ridicule the fools and their supporters.

It’s my latest tool of resistance.

6 Bryan { 08.08.07 at 5:42 pm }

Ridicule is the best offense. Make them feel the shame.

7 whig { 08.08.07 at 6:35 pm }

How many fell for it and how many are complicit?

8 whig { 08.08.07 at 6:35 pm }

And how many are being blackmailed?