Thursday, March 09, 2006

ACLU Opposes Surveillance Agreement

Big surprise: loud squawking from an organization that has done its best to thwart counter-terrorism efforts. The ACLU is upset because Republicans have come up with a compromise to allow the NSA to continue monitoring conversations between Americans and suspected terrorists.

From the ACLU press release:
Reports indicate that the legislation would require the administration to report about the program to a smaller group of Senators than is required by current federal law. The legislation would also not require prompt judicial oversight of every single intelligence wiretap of Americans, substituting a pre-approved stamp of approval for real judicial review. The ACLU called this backroom approval of the illegal eavesdropping program a setback for the rule of law, and said a thorough investigation is still needed.
Once again, I'll point out that referring to the NSA intercepts as "wiretaps" is as apt as referring to a Ferrari Testarossa as a "horseless carriage". The term is used for its propaganda value.

The New York Times is riding this propaganda bandwagon as well. Of course, they have a vested interest in discrediting the NSA program, as the Gray Lady may have violated the Espionage Act by publishing details of the tactics.

Via Stop the ACLU.

Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.