Sinfonian at Blast Off! explains:
Here's a shocker: the federal government has been identifying all manner of cases as terrorism-related since 2001, but many of those had nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.Just wondering.... You know those illegal alien sweeps that caused such a ruckus late last year?
It's really quite consistent with this maladministration's totalitarian attitude, the old "my way or the highway" mentality. You get arrested on terror charges (trumped up though they may be) and you have no constitutional rights -- rot in Gitmo without counsel for all anyone cares. If martial law has to be declared, and the military has to take over civilian law enforcement, so be it. And if they can't scare you by throwing strawman terrorist arguments into every issue, well, they'll just make shit up. Oh, sorry, I mean "diminish or inflate" the statistics.
Do we know where the illegal aliens have gone?
Update: Via C&L, Texas Kaos talks about the PBS report on the government spying on its own citizens:
The key findings in PBS's report:- The government is intercepting most emails sent domestically.
- AT&T is collecting most emails and sharing them with the government, specifically the NSA (this is backed up by Klein's documents).
- The NSA spy room at AT&T's San Francisco facility is only accessible to the NSA and AT&T employees cleared by the NSA
- The NSA's interest seems to be in MAE WEST, *the* major hub of American and international internet traffic on the West Coast
- The device installed in San Francisco is capable of intercepting 10 GIGBYTES of data per second. In layman's terms, that means it could go through all the information in all the books in the Library of Congress in 15 minutes.
AT&T declined to be interviewed for this PBS report.
Also included in the PBS report was the revelation (earlier reported in Salon) that more AT&T whistleblowers have come forward. They've provided evidence that AT&T's St. Louis facility also had a secret NSA room installed after 9-11. This room is only accessible to the NSA (or employees cleared by NSA, much like the SanFran room) and employs biometric security. Bottom line is that AT&T is looking more and more complicit in the degradation of our civil liberties post 9-11.
You can watch the entire NOW program online - I'd strongly advise doing so. I'd embed it, but GooTube is going down the drain and I refuse to use their "service" anymore. So, click this link and go watch the program. You'll be glad you did.