Friday, May 12, 2006

"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with Al Qaeda?"

Michael V. Hayden, nominated by President Bush to head the CIA.

While head of the NSA, he oversaw the program that recorded the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans.

"Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with Al Qaeda?" -Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.

Senator Arlen Specter, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would call executives of AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon "to see if we can learn some of the underlying facts."

He said he would question them about "what we can't find out from the Department of Justice or other administration officials."

"We all hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cause he might be all that stands between us and a full blown dictatorship in this country." - Jack Cafferty on CNN.

1 comment:

havinfun said...

Every American should be offended at the stupidity/ partisans-ness of Senator Leahy's question/ position on this issue.

How many questions, how much finger-pointing took place after 9-11 for the 'lack of information' - 'we should have known' - etc.

Here is what is happening...(1) intelligence agencies are generating a database of phone numbers that are linked to phone numbers from other countries. (2) When a terrorist is caught and that terrorists phone is obtained, THAT phone number can be run through the system, and then (3) we will know who inside the US, that terrorist has been speaking to.


What on earth is wrong with trying to gain as much information in which to fight the war - to our benefit?

We complain because we had incorrect information on WMD.
We complain because we did not have full information on 9-11.

Yet we fight against the effort to gain better information now.

Only partisan liberals can feel good about these efforts to curtail this effort.