Sunday, February 05, 2006

Bush' latest venture, "Spies-R--Us" appears to be a bust

Unless, of course, Al Qaeda is not the intended target of the wiretaps.

Who does Karl Rove hate? Democrats, whom he blames for the downfall of his hero, tricky Dick. He probably hates old hippies and Vietnam Vets with long hair as well, but he has no time for them, really. At least, not yet...that we know of.

Who does Cheney hate? Democrats, Libruls and Journalists who are not on the White House payroll.

Who does the entire Bushite clan hate with a pathological furor; the press and, I would bet, the American people in general because we ousted Poppy for that obvious adulterer, Bill Clinton in '92.

Who does Bush try to ignore right out of existence; other than Kim Il whatever and that nutcase in Iran? Protesters, dissenters of all kinds. Whistle-blowers, when they are not whistling his tune. If they cannot be ignored, they are verbally and psychologically pummeled by the Rovian Smear Machine.

I would be willing to bet my next paycheck that every elected official and news media type in Washington are wondering what the president (Cheney, whoever) knows about them, and when he knew it?

I can remember when the people in Washington felt the same way about old J. Edgar.

NSA's Hunt for Terrorists Scrutinizes Thousands of Americans, but Most Are Later Cleared

By Barton Gellman, Dafna Linzer and Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, February 5, 2006; Page A01

Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies in use.

Bush has recently described the warrant-less operation as "terrorist surveillance" and summed it up by declaring that "if you're talking to a member of al Qaeda, we want to know why." But officials conversant with the program said a far more common question for eavesdroppers is whether, not why, a terrorist plotter is on either end of the call. The answer, they said, is usually no.

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