Between 1939 and 1945 tens of millions of people around the world died in a battle against fascist dictatorships led by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hideki Tojo. In the wake of the war the victors conducted the first war crimes trials in history. The people responsible for the carnage were imprisoned and some were executed even they claimed to be following orders. Today Gen. Michael Hayden, currently director of the National Security Agency and overseer of the monitoring of millions of Americans essentially said he was following orders. He is also currently nominated to take over as director the Central intelligence agency. The entire Bush Administration seems to believe that the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights are meaningless and subordinate to their twisted interpretation of the bible. We are witnessing the transformation of the United States from a constitutional democracy into a theocratic fascist dictatorship.
Via AmericaBlog comes this message from Jack Cafferty of CNN:
CNN’s WOLF BLITZER: …[some wisdom] from Jack Cafferty in New York.
CNN’s JACK CAFFERTY: I don’t know about wisdom but you’ll get a bit of outrage. We better hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head of the Judiciary Committee, because he might be all that’s standing between us and a full blown dictatorship in this country. He’s vowed to question these phone company executives about volunteering to provide the government with my telephone records and yours, and tens of millions of other Americans.
Shortly after 9-11, AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth began providing the super secret NSA with information on phone calls of millions of our citizens, all part of the war on terror, President Bush says.
Why don’t you go find Osama Bin Laden and seal the country’s borders and start inspecting the containers that come into our ports?
The President rushed out this morning in the wake of this front page story in USA Today and he declared the government’s doing nothing wrong and all of this is just fine.
Is it? Is it legal?
Then why did the Justice Department suddenly drop its investigation of the warrantless spying on citizens? Because the NSA said Justice Department lawyers didn’t have the necessary security clearance to do the investigation.
Read that sentence again.
A secret government agency has told our Justice Department that it’s not allowed to investigate it. And the Justice Department just says okay and drops the whole thing.
We’re in some serious trouble here boys and girls.
Here’s the question.
“Does it concern you that your phone company may be voluntarily providing your phone records to the government without your knowledge or permission?”
If it doesn’t it sure as hell ought to.