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The primary reason given by this White House and it's defenders for spying on Americans without warrants has been....nine-eleven. We were told, and still are, that "everything has changed" since 9-11. If the president needed to set aside the Constitution a bit and violate some laws concerning FISA and the 4th amendment....it was because of 9-11.
Read the following snippets, paying close attention to the timing, and then you tell me when everything changed.
The National Security Agency and other government agencies retaliated against Qwest because the Denver telco refused to go along with a phone spying program, documents released Wednesday suggest.
The documents indicate that likely would have been at the heart of former CEO Joe Nacchio's so-called "classified information" defense at his insider trading trial, had he been allowed to present it.
Nacchio planned to demonstrate at trial that he had a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001, at NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., to discuss a $100 million project. According to the documents, another topic also was discussed at that meeting, one with which Nacchio refused to comply.
The topic itself is redacted each time it appears in the hundreds of pages of documents, but there is mention of Nacchio believing the request was both inappropriate and illegal, and repeatedly refusing to go along with it.
The NSA contract was awarded in July 2001 to companies other than Qwest.
USA Today reported in May 2006 that Qwest, unlike AT&T and Verizon, balked at helping the NSA track phone calling patterns that may have indicated terrorist organizational activities. Nacchio's attorney, Herbert Stern, confirmed that Nacchio refused to turn over customer telephone records because he didn't think the NSA program had legal standing.
The documents maintain that Nacchio met with top government officials, including President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and then-National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice in 2000 and early 2001 to discuss how to protect the government's communications network.
They portray U.S. government officials, even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, worried about a "Pearl Harbor" type of attack on the Internet. Link
Unless I'm missing something here, and that's possible, it wasn't 9-11 that prompted White House officials to start violating the fourth amendment and possibly FISA laws as well. That lawless activity was underway months BEFORE 9-11.
Kind of puts a whole new meaning on Bush's threatened veto of the new FISA re-re-write because telco amnesty is not included, huh?
Which means that, and I know this will come as a shock, the White House was lying when they said it was 9-11 that mandated Constitutional violations of our rights. The White House was already violating those rights months before 9-11. Qwest wouldn't go along because they thought what the White House was doing was illegal.....before 9-11.
The "Pearl Harbor type of attack on the Internet" part of the document cited is of special interest to me as well. I'm sure this is all very coincidental. I'm just so sure of it.
Because, you know, the guys from PNAC...Project for the New American Century..guys like Rumsfeld, Cheney, Richard Perle, Bill Kristol...guys like that had signed a paper in 1998, a neo-conservative declaration of sorts...explaining how America should put a permanent military presence in Iraq from which to project our power over the region.....and how they didn't believe Congress and Americans would allow such a project to go forward...unless....something like a "New Pearl Harbor" event happened.
So if Qwest's Nacchio states in newly released court documents similar talk coming from Cheney, "Pearl Harbor" attack kind of talk, and it's reportedly said before 9-11 about a terrorist attack..... could that all be explained away as just a coincidence?
Nothing fishy about any of it?