So, Only Terrorists, huh?


The administration, senior members of Congress and members of the intelligence community are now trying to reassure the American people that the massive data collection programs in place which collect records of something like three million telephone calls per day are completely harmless unless, of course,  you are a terrorist.  In that case, this enormous effort will help protect the homeland.

Only terrorists need be concerned.  Otherwise, there’s nothing to see here, so move along.

I seem to recall, however, that Janet Napolitano, our peerless Secretary of Homeland Security disseminated a white paper in 2009 that indicated that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Tea Partiers and other “right wing extremists”, those who mistrust the government and others of like mind are potential threats and potential terrorists.

So is the government lying to us about this being a benign program of data collection that would require a FISA court to approve of any other use of this meta-data?  Or are they, perhaps, telling us the absolute truth – absent one tiny, minor, trivial detail that is too irrelevant to even mention.  They haven’t, to my knowledge, actually defined what they mean when they say “terrorists”.

That miniscule oversight allows the administration an awful lot of “wiggle room” as to who they are targeting, wouldn’t you think?


About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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3 Responses to So, Only Terrorists, huh?

  1. longdrycreek says:

    I looked upon Washington as a bastion of suspicion before all of the recent revelations. After these, I view all members of the political class and the bureaucrats as one vast army of those who would destroy America and likely will.
    Today, the Department of State is considering invitiing Syrian war refugees to resettle in the U.
    S. I assume State will invite them to bring Jihid with them and, of course, their Korans and put them on welfare and other enticing welcome wagon benefits.
    We live in a Nation where insanity is epidemic. No Nation, even a once great one, can survive with vacant leadership at the helm.

  2. Pete Morin says:

    Jim: I’m amazed at the opinion of Charles Krauthammer et al, who don’t seem to understand the implications of the NSA data mining. They keep pointing out that a FISA judge must authorize their looking into the actual content of the phone call/ e-mail. What about unscrupulous bureaucrats, or overzealous department heads( IRS anyone?) that will use this info WITHOUT proper authorization! Amazing how much freedom, including destroying the Bill of Rights, some conservatives are willing to eliminate in exchange for a notion of more security.

    ZZ Top has it right– ” the future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.”

  3. Jim Yardley says:

    Keep a look out for my next piece. It covers a lot of what you mention.

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