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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Timing is everything

By now you should all know that Bush may be in trouble for allowing the NSA to spy on Americans, -if not, here is the story - but what you may not know is that it is old news.

Let me just pull a segment out of the story to show you what I mean.

"President Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001, a senior intelligence official said Friday night."

Before I continue I want to remind you that this is legal according to the official.

The official said that, "since October 2001, the program has been renewed more than three dozen times. Each time, the White House counsel and the attorney general certified the lawfulness of the program, the official said. Bush then signed the authorizations."
He continued "The president has authorized NSA to fully use its resources — let me underscore this now — consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution to defend the United States and its citizens."

So as you can see this is old but you could be thinking, it was probably kept a secret until now. Nope. It was leaked one year ago but the media waited until now to cover it. Why you ask? a few reasons.

The Patriot act needs to be renewed and to do that congress needs to vote it in and this is the perfect story to make congress think twice before voting yes. Without the Patriot act America is less safe and if you want to be cynical about things, bad news means good business for the newspaper companies.

Voting in Iraq went well. The Iraqi police force were successful at keeping violence very low, many Iraqi's voted, and everything just went better than expected. If you've been paying attention to the news you'll notice that this story was covered and then covered up by the NSA story. It seems like whenever Bush does something successful the media has to find something bad and exploit it. And yes I believe this story is exploited, and done so purposefully to make Bush's success forgotten.

Lets just take a look at what this is.

Bush legally gave the NSA permission to spy on suspicious people on just 36 occasions over 4 years.

But if you don't carefully look at it you'll think the NSA is spying on everyone illegally all of the time and it's not true.

The only thing that could be considered illegal is the leaking of what the NSA is doing!

Not only is this exploited and exaggerated but covered 1 year after the actual leak to cover up Bush's success and stop the Patriot act!

This media spin is an outrage.


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