May 11, 2006

Remember that call you made on September 26, 2004? The NSA does.

Just in time for the confirmation hearings on Bush's choice for Director of Central Intelligence, Gen. Hayden, comes the revelation that during his time at NSA he was tracking phone calls. Tens of millions of them. DOMESTIC CALLS.

USA Today has the full story here.

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. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

Clear? Yeah, me neither. Basically, they are tracking who you are calling in an effort to detect terrorist activity. Supposedly, they aren't collecting names or the conversations. OF COURSE, they wouldn't tell us even if they were... it's not like they were real open about this, no? How the calls of ordinary Americans can be used to track terrorists, without obtaining any 'real' intel, is beyond me.

Oh, and no warrants were requested.

Unable to get comfortable with what NSA was proposing, Qwest's lawyers asked NSA to take its proposal to the FISA court. According to the sources, the agency refused.

The NSA's explanation did little to satisfy Qwest's lawyers. "They told (Qwest) they didn't want to do that because FISA might not agree with them," one person recalled. For similar reasons, this person said, NSA rejected Qwest's suggestion of getting a letter of authorization from the U.S. attorney general's office. A second person confirmed this version of events.

Gee, if you're afraid the FISA court wouldn't approve shouldn't you have been concerned about whether or not what you were doing was ILLEGAL?

Posted by mcblogger at May 11, 2006 01:40 AM

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