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The NSA and Kevin Bacon…

Since we’ve returned to caring about being Surveilled…

Let’s climb into our time machine and travel all the way back to 2013, when we told you so.

An unprecedented, at least to me, move by No Such Agency has brought the Director to an open briefing on Capital Hill.

So I’m listening.

But, there are two things which I would like to hear…

Mr. Alexander is very careful to remind everyone paying attention, which appears to be very few, that the NSA does not listen to the content of these calls collected under this program.

I’d like to focus on the “…under this program.” part of his repeated statement and reassurance.

There are many programs within all government operations, many of which overlap. This is practiced for various reasons. Some of them funding, some of them compartmentalization. Some, simply because of turf and time on scene.

So, I would like to hear someone ask; “Mr. Director, is anyone at NSA listening to the content of the calls collected, or reading the e-mail and text messaging?”

Another aspect I find interesting is the “connection to a known, or suspected terrorist” requirement Mr. Alexander has reassured us exists prior to looking at your information.

On this I bring up Kevin Bacon. Yes, the actor.

There exists a mathematical formula which connects us all.  It has been around for 80 years but has recently been popularized through something called the Kevin Bacon Game.

Six degrees of separation, a theory developed by Frigyes Karinthy in the year 1929, proposes that an individual is only six connections away from any person in the world.

Read the last five words in the above sentence again.  “…any person in the world.”

That would include Terrorist A-holes.  Yep… if you’re just catching up, YOU are separated by the most horrible person on earth by only 6 degrees.

The exploration of the degrees of separation between individuals communication, or connections, is called “spidering“.

So, my next question would be; “Mr. Director, how many degrees of separation from the suspect do you find acceptable to explore?  In other words, do you stop at say Two?  Four?  Six?”

Because stopping at “Six” means they have given themselves the authority to Spy on “…any person in the world.”  (Even “Five” should make most of us physically ill… “Three” only marginally better.)

There is also the issue of freely denying that anyone can listen to your phone calls.  I have seen this in practice first hand… when a suspect is apprehended, say a burglar, the police cannot legally go through his cell phone.  Yet… they do.  What “legally” means is whatever information found there is not admissible in court.  It does not mean that some amazing physics come into play preventing the very action of going through the person’s cell phone.  Remember folks, words mean things.  The world becomes much clearer when you listen carefully.

Finally, I am intrigued by what is considered “civilian” over-sight.  In this case, the “civilian” oversight is being performed by ex-military appointees.  One might ask, is this a difference without a distinction?  I understand the argument could be applied to the President on down, but those are elected positions.  I would like to hear someone explore how Civilian oversight has any impact after the person performing that service has retired from a Government entity.  In other words, once you’ve completed serving the Government Mission for many years you can take Retirement and then serve the Citizens interest by overseeing the very programs you may have been associated with the day before.

While I deeply respect those in the military as a rule, it does not change the fact that many of the most horrid Statists known to man have come directly from there.  Seems like the checks and balances are not served in a way that is as reassuring as possible… at least to me.

It will be interesting to view the transcripts of this hearing once complete.

My overall feeling here is They are intentionally missing the point… as They know Domestic Spying IS the point, not catching Foreign Terrorist A-holes.

The Red Herring is the reiteration that all the information being used is Public and available to Private Companies, so No Problem.  It is a blatant attempt to blur the definition of Public as it is meant.  In this case, Public means out in the open… not Government Property.  The fact the information is available to PRIVATE companies is irrelevant.  If this information is truly “out there for all to see” then the Government should not need to demand it from any Private entity.  But it is not… and the Government sees fit to use their power to compel certain Private entities to supply it to them.

All of our information is not available, nor should it be available, to GOVERNMENT without direct legal cause, free of Constitutional restriction.  That is a very, very important distinction here in the “Freest Country on Earth”.  (Damn that Constitution is SO restrictive…  it tells them what they CAN’T do to us, but not what they CAN do to us…)

It’s amazing how quickly one sobers up when listening to our Spooks…  Unless you’re an elected representative in the room with them, then it appears you fall asleep. (You’ll have to watch the hearing to see what I’m typing about here.  I want you to watch, so I won’t ruin it by showing you.)

(Also! For the record, I love our Spooks.  But much of what they do should stay, or be returned to being, illegal… just in case.  I know this Borrows their argument about why they want to store all of OUR info… we might need their actions to have been illegal down the road.  That’s a real check.  And, they answer to us not the other way around.)

(061813)


Bumper Sticker Of The Day…

Simple, Powerful, Direct.

I guess it all depends on how you fulfilled your service.


Why is Benghazi Different?

What is it about Benghazi that elevates it above all other scandals perpetuated by the current Administration?

Nancy Pelosi is desperately attempting to cast the upcoming Benghazi hearing as “partisan and unfair”.

Yep.

Washington is designed to be partisan… and that’s good.

Nothing is Fair… and that’s reality.

But the question remains, what’s different about the Murder of a Diplomat and 4 security personnel that move’s Benghazi ahead of Up-Arming Mexican Drug Cartels with taxpayer money or using the IRS as a Weapon to destroy those with whom you disagree?

The answer is simple, yet unspoken.

The Administration, in its efforts to make sure President Obama would be re-elected, left a State Department employee and 4 Intelligence Service Employees to Die.

In other words, The Administration and Liberal Party Loyalists have pissed off the entire Foreign Service Community.

The Foreign Service Community is not Party specific. In fact, it is my experience that a majority of those who serve overtly, and covertly, in that community consider themselves “liberal” in the non-classic way.

Thus, Benghazi is significant and ultimately immune from the inane demagoguery of Progressives like Pelosi because the idea the Government, under any Administration, would leave men behind undermines the very foundation of what keeps our brave intelligence community serving our interests.

It’s one thing for an agent to voluntarily take an assignment knowing they could be “on their own”… it’s something vastly different to be abandoned in the field.

Benghazi illustrates the Cavalier attitude Liberals have when it comes to Individual lives versus the “Big Picture” of their Socialist goals.  It is a disease demonstrated by Marxists throughout history.  The Ends Justify the Means.  And the End is Democratic Socialism.

The Re-election of a Progressive President outweighed the lives of our Foreign Intelligence Service.

The lies fabricated to cover up the fact that the Men and Women in Benghazi had been under repeated, and organized, attack prior to the September 11th assault only demonstrated the lengths Democratic Socialists will go to secure and retain power.  Truth and Life will not get in their way.  Ever.

The power to tell others what to do will always attract the worst among us.

That fact is what molded our system of Government as it is outlined in the Constitution of the United States.

That fact is what drives The Democratic Party to Demean, Dismantle and Destroy the Constitution of the United States.

That fact led to the deaths of our personnel in Benghazi.

“We” left them to Die.

“We” knew it from the moment it happened.

“We” watched Leftists Politicians cover it up.

And, Our Clandestine Services are Understandably Angry.

Neither Pelosi, Reid, Hillary or Lame Duck Presidents will be allowed to distract from the fact we stood by and watched men die.  The makers and keepers of secrets, who risk their lives everyday in doing so, will not allow it.  Someone will pay.

That’s why Benghazi is Different.


Flash: Susan Rice Blames the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Internet Video

It has come to light that the Invasion of Ukraine by a Disorganized Mob of Russian Demonstrators is in response to an Internet Video.

The Video was purportedly criticizing the overuse of Sour Cream in the Russian Diet.  It also, reportedly, implied that Beets shouldn’t be considered a Food.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been scheduled to make several appearances on Sunday News Shows to fully explain the circumstances of this unfortunate event.

She has also issued a statement clarifying why there has been no United States response:  “We simply didn’t have any resources in the area capable of responding in time.”

Secretary of State John Kerry commented; “What, at this point, does it matter?”  It should be noted that Kerry made the statement in what some considered a “strange high-pitched kind of shouting, almost through his nose.”  At this time we’re not sure if he was mocking someone or simply showing something resembling emotion and intonation, both out of character for Secretary Kerry.

Yesterday President Obama issued a warning that there would be “Costs” associated with the Invasion of Ukraine.

President Obama has canceled his taxpayer-funded Vacation Plans to the Ukraine in response to the Invasion.

In a press release President Obama said: “My response is proportional to the outrage.  This should go a long way in teaching The Ukrainians to be mean to Ethnic Russians.”


The Benghazi Murder Cronicles

This is a BIG F-ING DEAL.  Right V.P. Biden?

Below is a chronological list of Benghazi posts from yours truly, oldest to newest:

If Not Now, When?

How Dare You!

You Asked for It!

All For a Better Country…

Have you Forgotten…

When in Trouble, Blame Congress.

“What difference does it make!?”

Panetta on Benghazi