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21 November 2002 @ 03:53 pm

From Howard Kurtz:

Are the Bushies backing off their big surveillance program? Sure sounds like it from this Wall Street Journal piece:

"The Bush administration is trying to calm fears that a planned Pentagon program to comb through large quantities of citizens' personal information will erode civil liberties.

"The Total Information Awareness program has been blasted by advocacy groups and in the media as a potentially serious invasion of privacy. Pentagon officials argue that the pilot program, which has yet to be put into operation, could be a useful tool in the war on terrorism.

"Edward 'Pete' Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, said yesterday the program is still being tested and that criticisms of it are premature. . . .

"The selection of retired Rear Adm. John Poindexter to lead the project also has stirred criticism. Mr. Poindexter was convicted on five felony counts, including lying to Congress, in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. Though his convictions were overturned on appeal, choosing him for such a sensitive project has fueled critics' concerns."

Why on earth would they pick a lightning rod like Poindexter?
Jen: BTAFexamorata on November 21st, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)
Because they are DUMB, and have MONKEY POOP for brains!

PMMJ: Jade Scorpioncheetahmaster on November 21st, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oooh yeah
Aaaaaaaaand, it was on the local news tonight. Local!
Once again, the fourth estate proves its worth as the real check and balance against scary government.
(Anonymous) on November 22nd, 2002 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: Oooh yeah
The real difference will be when the four estate actually causes change, and not just causes the Bush spin doctors to fly out and defend something and then while the public is mollified, they go and and do it anyway.

Remember the press getting bent out of shape about the prisoner conditions at the Gitmo Bay? Big media hoopla, then much spin doctoring, then nothing changed.

Remember, kiddies, Carnivore is still out there. Haven't heard much about that recently, but they sure as hell never shut that program done.