Saturday, May 20, 2006

NSA Data Mining & Spying

Ok people - if they knew it was illegal but thought they could spin it away, they will keep doing it.

Apparently, there was another, less invasive (and LEGAL) alternative, that of course was squeezed right on out because of, you guessed it, politics. Agecny pissing contest and turf war...

So now, in addition to all of your purchases with your 'oh-so-handy club cards', all of your phone calls are logged... unless of course you are using the new-fangled Voice-Over-IP (VOIP), then they are all recorded and monitored. Don't you feel better now?

ABC News: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

I know this isn't new news, but really - doesn't it seem a tad familiar?

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.

America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation."

If this could/was done back then with no compunction, what makes us think this time was any different? Especially when there is every sign pointing towards this type of activity leading up to Iraq?