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Monday, July 10, 2006
Michael Goodwin doesn't get it
The NYDN columnist says "we're in World War III" ... he paints a grim picture of enemies around every corner, Democrats too PC to stop them, and a Bush administration that has gone limp and "run out of ideas." Says Mr. Goodwin:

Sounds grim. The trouble is, we're not in World War III. World War I was about the balance of power between European governments. World War II was literally about stopping the march of evil across the Western world. We are now in a war of blowback, fueled by a military industrial complex that requires perpetual war in order to feed it's never-ending thirst for profit, feckless, weak politicians who are at odd times either bought or cowed, and a White House filled with men whose designs on both profit and power cause them to seek to do things like this:
The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping, CNET has learned.

FBI Agent Barry Smith distributed the proposal at a private meeting last Friday with industry representatives and indicated it would be introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.
The draft bill would place the FBI's Net-surveillance push on solid legal footing. At the moment, it's ensnared in a legal challenge from universities and some technology companies that claim the Federal Communications Commission's broadband surveillance directives exceed what Congress has authorized.

The FBI claims that expanding the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act is necessary to thwart criminals and terrorists who have turned to technologies like voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP.

"The complexity and variety of communications technologies have dramatically increased in recent years, and the lawful intercept capabilities of the federal, state and local law enforcement community have been under continual stress, and in many cases have decreased or become impossible," according to a summary accompanying the draft bill.

Complicating the political outlook for the legislation is an ongoing debate over allegedly illegal surveillance by the National Security Administration--punctuated by several lawsuits challenging it on constitutional grounds and an unrelated proposal to force Internet service providers to record what Americans are doing online. One source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of last Friday's meeting, said the FBI viewed its CALEA expansion as a top congressional priority for 2007.
Hmm... sounds to me like another attempt to database, information warehouse, and rifle through the lives of Americans, ultimately for the benefit of a small number of militaristic multinationals who stand to reap the benefits of perpetual war.

Or it could be blowback from decades of intrusive U.S. foreign policy.

But it ain't World War III.

Tags: , Bush, War, New World Order, Terrorism, Politics,
posted by JReid @ 6:57 AM  
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