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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Wire Tapping: Against Your Rights or Last Rights?

As the controversy grows on the wire tapping issue, a Zogby poll announced the results of a new poll. 52 percent of all Americans thought if Bush did wire tapping without a court order, Congress should consider to hold him accountable for impeachment. 43 percent disagreed and 6 percent didn't answer.

In a little place near the geographic center of Australia, sits a facility called Pine Gap. For years, it has been speculated that cell phone conversations were being monitored around the world. This project was in effect by the CIA or NSA, years prior to when Bush was elected to office. Then, we were tracking phone conversations routinely and perhaps without discrimination.

9-11-2001 brought to the realization to many, there are actually people who want to kill as many Americans as they could, and they were not going to discriminate either. Man, woman, child, it has all been fare game to the terrorists. We said "we would not forget", American flags trailed from many cars, and NYFD fireman hats were in high demand. We wore our patriotism on our sleeve. Will we remember with the passion that we had then? Or has time has faded that resolve?

In Texas, a group of foreign Nationals (including some from Iraq) started a surge of buying disposable cell phones. ABC speculated on the purpose, perhaps terrorism, perhaps they just wanted to resell the phones, and just perhaps they just wanted to send them to their families.

Sixty phones were found in one SUV. Disposal phones in other countries in Europe sell for a comparable price, and who has a family that needs 60 phones? Could they have been purchased for sixty denonations in the United States?

In News stories the United States press fails to report, can be found this story at The Zero Point with the question, "Have you ever seen this story here?":

"Rome - Three Algerians arrested in an anti-terrorist operation in southern Italy are suspected of being linked to a planned new series of attacks in the United States, interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu said Friday.The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11 2001 strikes by al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed about 2 700 people, Pisanu said.The Algerians, suspected of belonging to a cell established by an al-Qaeda-linked Algerian extremist organisation, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), were named as Achour Rabah, Tartaq Sami and Yasmine Bouhrama."

Interestingly there is a link to the story that explains how these terrorists were routed out:

"Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S."

It appears that wire taps work, sometimes for our own good. Now, you may be outraged that someone could possibly hear your Mom and Pop conversation. Heaven help us if the NSA knew that Mom wanted you to get some diapers. And some say, privacy rights should be held to such a degree that monitoring radiation levels at certain Islam sites is an outrage. But I wonder, if that crying for privacy rights will ensure that your last rights be said over your lifeless body.

Thanks to the Capital Region People for helping me find some of these links.

Photo: Pine Gap, Australia


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