Tuesday, January 17, 2006
NSA Spying: FBI Questioned Legality, Usefulness
NYTimes: In the anxious months 9/11, the NSA began sending a steady stream of phone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the FBI in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring 100s of agents to check out 1000s of tips a month. But virtually all of them led to dead ends or innocent Americans, and the torrent of tips led them to few potential terrorists inside the country they did not know of from other sources and diverted agents from counterterrorism work they viewed as more productive. And as the bureau was running down those leads, its director, Robert Mueller III, raised concerns about the legal rationale for the eavesdropping program, which did not seek court warrants. Mueller asked sr administration officials about "whether the program had a proper legal foundation," but ultimately deferred to Justice Dept legal opinions." So, the illegal NSA spying took up valuable FBI time that could have been spent ACTUALLY protecting us, and the FBI Director (appointed by Bush) says that he thought Bush was acting as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the USA just so he could get to BREAK THE FUCKING LAW... thanks for nothing asshats.