Once again (this time in a new report from the Inspectors General of various departments including Defense and Justice released yesterday), we hear that besides domestic wiretapping, former President George W.Bush also approved other forms of surveillance whose details have still not been disclosed.
We are not surprised over reports of U.S. domestic snooping or undisclosed details of secret surveillance.
Of course not.
We have long believed that U.S. warrant-less domestic surveillance is taking many forms – telephone tapping, monitoring e-mail and blogs, examining search phrases on search engines like Google, tracking all other forms of Internet communications including instant messaging and forums, using cable TV and telephone companies to look inside the homes of residents on the pretext of fixing broken service, tracking credit card purchases, peering into bank accounts, monitoring EZ-Pass toll-booth records and cameras installed in public areas et al.
The most likely target of all of this U.S. surveillance are Muslims, foreigners and immigrants.
Why? Because the folks in DC tend to think White Boys can’t do bad things even if White Trash like Timothy McVeigh bring down a government building in Oklahoma killing 168 Americans.
Do we like this kind of spying and secret surveillance? Of course, not.
Is it necessary? That is a hard question to answer.
Our hypothesis is that the U.S. has cast a wide net and is now spying on tens of thousands of people within its borders in the hope that it’s going to get lucky and net a big fish (terrorist).
But this strategy of casting a wide net to nab terrorists before they can do their harmful deeds assumes that that the bad guys are schmucks. Alas, as 9/11 proved, the bad guys are anything but schmucks.
Dickheads like former veep Dick Cheney have claimed that warrantless surveillance like wiretapping has “prevented attacks and saved lives.” But since this is the same dickhead who claimed oops lied that WMD existed in Iraq and lied about the connections between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq we have to treat all of Cheney’s claims as no more than rants of a right-wing dickhead.
By the way, the 43-page report released yesterday is not clear whether even the disclosed domestic spying activity i.e. wiretapping yielded any solid information that prevented an attack on the homeland.