Thursday, May 11, 2006

Just ignore the man listening in on this call.

There is an old joke that goes like this. "How do you know when Bush is lying?" "His lips move."

I suspect that with George W. you take what he says and assume the opposite and you get pretty close to the truth. There are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq comes out as there are NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Remember when the controversy came up about illegal wire taps authorised by Bush. He claimed then: "Our intelligence activities strictly target al-Qaeda and their known affiliates. The privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected. We are not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans."

If my theory above is correct this would mean at the Bush administration is mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans. Now USA Today reports that the National Security Agency "has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans." Here are pertinent excerpts from the article.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime.

"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation.

The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made — across town or across the country — to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.

They also note that when the controversy about the first illegal wire taps arose that Bush said the government was only interested in international calls. Or a George, watch his nose grow, said: "In other words one end of the communication must be outside the United States." In this new revelation it appears that millions and millions of purely domestic phone calls are included.

One must give George credit for one thing. He is about the only man on the planet who could make Democrats look good.