Once again, it’s Scotty-Watch day here at threadingwater – the well that never runs dry. When asked why the administration, in defense of a four-year long domestic surveillance program, insists it is wrong to label their actions as “domestic spying,” Scotty offered this explanation:
. . . a phone call from someone inside the United States to someone outside the United States is not a domestic call. If you look at how that is billed on your phone records, it’s billed as an international call, it is charged the international rate. And so that’s the best way to sum that up. Because one communication within this surveillance has to be outside of the United States. That means it’s an international communication, for the very reason I just said.
But, Scotty, what about my “anytime minutes?” And, can you explain exactly when it is that I lose my domestic citizenship when I place an international phone call? Does it happen when I dial the number? When someone on the other end answers? Or, do I merely have to contemplate making the call?
And what about all those “hits” to my blog from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan? Have all those pings stripped me of my citizenship rights?
In all seriousness – Scott McClellan’s buffoonery aside – this is not a small matter. The current administration wants to dillute the incendiary “domestic spying” charges and reframe the case as “terrorist surveillance,” once again invoking 9/ll as a reason for stripping people of their constitutional and human rights.
Don’t let them do it.
I happen to believe that another terrorist attack on U.S. soil will happen. So does every member of the 9/ll Commission. Unfortunately, the recommendations of the Commission are being largely ignored – by the administration and Congress. The Bush White House defends their wire-tapping activities under the pretext that they are attempting to avoid another 9/ll attack. In fact, the failure of the White House, the CIA and the FBI to prevent 9/ll was NOT due to a lack of legally obtained intelligence information, but an inability and lack of will to make sense of the information at hand.
In the meantime, I’m trying my hand at telepathic communications. So, leave a comment to let me know you got my message. In code, of course.