Rout of the Rebel Angels, by William Blake

A Dog Starv'd

A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.
      -- William Blake,
     "Auguries of Innocence"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The NSA Concedes: It's Stopped Beating Its Wife

We see today in the New York Times (and other news outlets) that the National Security Agency doesn't do warrantless wiretapping. Er, anymore.
The National Security Agency has not conducted wiretapping without warrants on the telephones of any Americans since at least February, the nation’s top intelligence officer told Congress on Tuesday.

Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, told the House Judiciary Committee that since he took office that month, the government has conducted electronic surveillance only after seeking court-approved warrants... Mr. McConnell’s testimony Tuesday was the first time he has publicly said that the warrantless wiretapping of Americans has actually been ended.
Thanks, Mike. I must have missed your first public admission that it had ever started in the first place. It feels so much better to know you've at last come clean. Guess it's all right to believe you from now on!


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