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Friday, May 19, 2006

Two Faced Leahy on NSA Wiretapping

In 1994 Sen. Pat "Leaky" Leahy co-wrote a law that forced telecommunications carriers to build convenient wiretap features into their networks enabling the kind of telephone records collection now at the heart of the controversy over the National Security Agency's terrorist surveillance operation.

In recent days Leahy has called the NSA's actions troubling and potentially illegal - saying they show that the Bush administration is treating Americans like terrorists.

"'The secret collection of phone call records of tens of millions of Americans?" he exclaimed after USA Today blew the lid off the program last week. "Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?"

But according to the Rutland Herald, Leahy was singing a different tune 12 years ago, when he was pushing the Senate to pass his bill, the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act [CALEA].

"I suggest to senators if anybody does want to hold [CALEA] up, I hope that at this time next year, neither they nor their constituents, nor anybody they know, is a kidnap victim or victim of a terrorist, and have somebody ask why nothing can be done, and be told because a law that had probably 99 percent support in the House and the Senate did not pass."

Analyzing CALEA in 2003, the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal explained:

"CALEA requires a telecommunications provider to make 'its equipment, facilities, or services ... capable of ... enabling the government ... [without a warrant] to intercept ... all wire and electronic communications carried by the carrier.'"


Democrats. When it's their idea it's the best idea in the world. When it comes from a Republican there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Blogger Matt Vella said...

I don't care where it came from, this is downright fucked up.

5:06 PM  
Blogger joe said...

the only really troublesome thing is in this paragraph:

"CALEA requires a telecommunications provider to make 'its equipment, facilities, or services ... capable of ... enabling the government ... [without a warrant] to intercept ... all wire and electronic communications carried by the carrier.'"

But look how much newsmax chopped it up, and why is there no explanation for the brackets?
Well here's what it looked like before Newsmax mangled it:

CALEA, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, requires that U.S. carriers provide Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) with the ability to perform electronic surveillance with existing and new telecommunications switching equipment.

You have to wonder what Newsmax's agenda is when then cant even manage a proper quote without injecting their talking points.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Well, Joe, the quote you chose to compare is from an entirely different source. The quote newsmax used was from the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal.

The fact remains that democrats have been at the forefront of wiretapping phones without warrants.

It's a big glass house they live in, aint it?

6:50 AM  
Blogger joe said...

well Kevin, That's where I got my quote, directly from rutgers. Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal has a boilerplate description of CALEA, it goes into every one of their articles addressing CALEA.

Drudge is a propagandist, all you have to do is look at his quotes compared to their originals in every situation. in his defense he often gives links to his own dishonesty, he just counts on the fact that you wont do your homework before playing parrot.

4:14 PM  
Blogger joe said...

your fact remains complete crap, there is no source for it except Drudge's insertion into Rutger's statement. It's dishonest, its propaganda, and above all else its easily disputed.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Also, Joe, the quote used by newsmax didn't originally come from newsmax. This story is all over the place using the exact same quote. Since it comes from a legal journal, I am willing to bet the original quote was 5 pages long.

6:59 PM  

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