Tuesday, December 20, 2005

You Go W!!!!

President Bush did a press conference yesterday morning right after doing a speech the night before. He is finally On Fire and I along with other conservatives are very happy to see it. Tony Snow mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the President needed to start firing back hard and often. It looks like someone in the White House was listening. All I can say is: Woo-hoo!!! It has been so hard to hear my President be continually demonized and not fight back when the truth is on his side.

The best part of the press conference was his defense of the much-needed Patriot Act. I need to do more studying of the Patriot Act myself but here is a link to some of the myths about it. I think even some conservatives and libertarians have misconceptions about what the Patriot Act actually says.

Anyway, here is his awesome (not so subtle) message to Pelosi, Chuckie Schumer, Hillary, and Reid:

"Let me say something about the Patriot Act, if you don't mind. It is inexcusable for the United States Senate to let this Patriot Act expire. You know, there's an interesting debate in Washington, and you're part of it, that says, well, they didn't connect the dots prior to September the 11th -- "they" being not only my administration, but previous administrations. And I understand that debate. I'm not being critical of you bringing this issue up and discussing it, but there was a -- you might remember, if you take a step back, people were pretty adamant about hauling people up to testify, and wondering how come the dots weren't connected.

Well, the Patriot Act helps us connect the dots. And now the United States Senate is going to let this bill expire. Not the Senate -- a minority of senators. And I want senators from New York or Los Angeles or Las Vegas to go home and explain why these cities are safer. It is inexcusable to say, on the one hand, connect the dots, and not give us a chance to do so. We've connected the dots, or trying to connect the dots with the NSA program. And, again, I understand the press and members of the United States Congress saying, are you sure you're safeguarding civil liberties. That's a legitimate question, and an important question. And today I hope I'll help answer that. But we're connecting dots as best as we possibly can."

I just loved it. Remember that great cheer Julia Roberts does on "Pretty Woman" when she's at the horse race? That's me cheering for W.

Rush made a very good point today about the Patriot Act. If the Patriot Act is indeed not renewed and we are attacked again guess who we are going to blame? All the Dems who voted for the filibuster (except Tim Johnson & Ben Nelson--the only 2 Dems who didn't vote for the filibuster) and the list of the 4 GOP senators who joined them--Chuck Hagel, Lisa Murkowski, John Sununu and Larry Craig.


Cabe said...

I really like your enthusiasm. I feel sorry for the President. No one of any high rank of office seems to be defending him. He's not my favorite president, but he hasn't gotten a fair shake. The attacks against him are unfounded. It's very strange.

Crazy Politico said...

LMC, the way the blame game works, though who vote against anything that would be good but doesn't pass don't get blamed. Instead, in our 30 second soundbite world, the top o'the heap guy, the Prez,is to blame. Most folks don't have the attention span anymore to actually figure out WHY something didn't pass.

Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

12 20 05

Hey Ms. Chatterbox: Like I said you have really been on fire lately. I have a different take on the Patriot Act simply because I believe it infringes upon too many individual liberties. I do think that during wartime a President has the RIGHT to discard habeas corpus, but just like Honest Abe he should be honest about it. I am upset that all of our liberties are suffering and we still haven't caught Obinladen. I sometimes wonder what is the point of all of this security when we have the bad guys at large? It feels like when I was a kid and one kid acted badly so the teacher would punish all of us for the failings of the one. I hate that and I don't like my liberties being treated like naughtly children! Good post!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Cabe: Welcome, thanks for your comments. Say whatever you will about me good or bad I have passion and enthusiasm :-). And you are right, whether he's someone's favorite person or not he hasn't gotten a fair shake from the MSM.

Crazy: You may be right but some of us will remember :-).

Mahndisa: Thanks. I understand the concern about personal liberties but we live in a post 9/11 world.

TexasFred said...

Punish ALL of us??? BULL CRAP...

Someones credibility has gone totally OUT the window...

Rebekah said...

Who will they blame if another terror attack happens? Hmmm... let me guess... can't imagine who...

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Rebekah: Exactly! Bush will get blamed for not connecting the dots even though the libs are trying to thwart him from doing exactly that.

Mr. Grey Ghost said...

I loved the press conferenece and saw the whole thing and if eavesdropping on my phone conversations is going to protect my life then eavesdrop all you want. I have nothing to hide. All this "losing your civil liberty" is way overblown" because they were only spying on calls taken place from outside the country and they were only dealing with suspected terrorists. I cant lie tho, I just LOVE it when Bush goes on the offensive....so much so that I want more!

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

GG: Ditto!! Very well said.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I remember when GWB landed on the carrier and most thought it was a publicity stunt -- though for GW, it was a reliving of what he'd done before because, FER CHRIST'S SAKE, he was a NG pilot!

He'd never done traps on a carrier before but who cares? He was MY president and he knew about flying. How cool was all this?

GWB is finally doing what I wished he'd done years ago: take the assault to FULL FRONTAL and pin ears back.

Granted, he isn't the Great Communicator. No one is or will be.

He just needs to stand up, frequently and continuously, for what he believes in -- and state it in that same fashion.

There is SO MUCH now at stake.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

BZ: As always, I can't say it any better than that. Well said. He so pulls off wearing that flight suit whereas Kerry would've looked ridiculous.

Revka said...

Kerry would have looked as he did in the spacesuit.. a condom! ha!!
Girl, you are brave! I think however i have to disagree and say our civil liberties are not being infringed, only.. preserved. :)

I don't know of one case where someone was being listened into for no apparent reason.
I don't think it is a big deal unless you have something to hide, and if you don't have something to hide, then being against it is just political. (Mah, i am not inferring you are being political about it).

I think if you trust your commander in chief as I do Bush, then you know he won't wire tap for 'fun'.. and eavesdrop on a regular american's conversation.

If it were Sadam doing it, then I would be concerned because I would end up on the chopping block.
You have to ask yourself why would Bush want to eavesdrop on your average joe's conversation. It doesn't make sense. (Not Bush, but whomever is hired to do that job).

If they make a mistake and listen to ole' granny talking to her son, they would hang up and get it right. But, that is no big deal..

As LMC said: We are in a post 9/11 world. Plain and simple.

I am sure there is oversight to those doing the tapping. If they mishandle their jobs i am sure they will be fired, easy.

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Let me tell you a little about wiretapping. And tech. And law enforcement. And the alphabet agencies. Just trust me. I know some about this. That's where it will end.

The FBI runs domestic investigations no matter what you think. The CIA adds input. Each agency is proprietary and doesn't want to inherently share -- because that's their nature.

The NSA runs the conduit in between. The NRO runs satellite recon and shares its take with necessary AAs.

It is the CIA that is forbidden, by law, to spy or operate domestically. The NSA, once called "No Such Agency" is the tech arm of the US. The FBI has no such restriction.

The NSA does not have an "operations arm" per se. Their operatives are tech wonks who liaison with other agencies who physically perform the legwork. The NSA does not have a "hit squad" or a "field squad." They are, instead, the digital wonks who lord over the Crays in the basements.

They are the means; not the end.

In addition, LMC, as you so properly point out, there is such a thing as wasted time.

When one wants to focus on a specific topic, area, segment, population or person, it simply does NOT pay to focus on LMC's call to the bank regarding a missed payment, Mahndisa's call to Fresno about a friend's health or James Manning's call to Virginia regarding an Eddie Bauer order.

Some years ago, the NSA helped install the ECHELON program under former President Clinton:

"During the 1990's under President Clinton, the National Security Agency monitored millions of private phone calls placed by U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries under a super secret program code-named Echelon."


On Friday, the New York Times suggested that the Bush administration has instituted "a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices" when it "secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without [obtaining] court-approved warrants."

But in fact, the NSA had been monitoring private domestic telephone conversations on a much larger scale throughout the 1990s - all of it done without a court order, let alone a catalyst like the 9/11 attacks.

In February 2000, for instance, CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft introduced a report on the Clinton-era spy program by noting:

"If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there's a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country's largest intelligence agency. The top-secret Global Surveillance Network is called Echelon, and it's run by the National Security Agency."
NSA computers, said Kroft, "capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world."

Echelon expert Mike Frost, who spent 20 years as a spy for the Canadian equivalent of the National Security Agency, told "60 Minutes" that the agency was monitoring "everything from data transfers to cell phones to portable phones to baby monitors to ATMs."

Mr. Frost detailed activities at one unidentified NSA installation, telling "60 Minutes" that agency operators "can listen in to just about anything" - while Echelon computers screen phone calls for key words that might indicate a terrorist threat.

The "60 Minutes" report also spotlighted Echelon critic, then-Rep. Bob Barr, who complained that the project as it was being implemented under Clinton "engages in the interception of literally millions of communications involving United States citizens."

-- and even before that there was TEMPEST phreaking(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Eck_Phreaking)

This is nothing new.

However, as perhaps before, it is infinitely more warranted on domestic terrorist cells operating within continental US limits, on US soil, linking calls to foreign countries utilizing local cell phone networks and area codes.

And on foreign cells utilizing domestic electronic, cellular, molecular and satellite networks.

Our civil liberties are NOT suffering -- and this is from your basic Libertarian mix: the BloZep. And why haven't we caught, say, OBL or some of his cronies?

Simple: we can't go into other countries wholesale as we used to and take over the infrastructure, bomb them into shards, and sift through the detritus.

And technically speaking, one person can have a great influence on what he or she does as opposed to, say, even ten years ago.

You can either leave or erase digital tracks one would have erased or left a few years ago.

Without all its Crays aligned at once, even the NSA can't eradicate your individual usage of, say, PGP.

Rights loss? Everything is a scales, a balance.

What have we lost with The Patriot Act? Not theoretically -- but realistically.

Time spent investigating the BloZep ranting about terroristm detracts from time spent investigating other venues. It's a zero sum loss.

And ZSG.

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

BZ: I so appreciate your insight and wisdom on this subject. Everything you said makes sense and confirms thoughts I've already had. I'm very frustrated with liberals who are freaking out about this when you know it is really nothing new and nothing to be overly freaked out about. Thanks!!!

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Like cheering at the horse races...Me too!!! GO W!!!!!!