Sunday, June 22, 2008

It Isn't Domestic Spying

Our Left refuses to debate actual issues, instead they insist on mischaracterizing the issue to make debate seem, dare I say it, un-American.

The current phone "spying" bill is a case in point:

Warrantless wiretapping, which went on for almost six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, was revealed publicly in late 2005 by The New York Times and then discontinued in January 2007. Some 40 lawsuits have been filed against the companies by groups and individuals who think the Bush administration illegally monitored their phone calls or e-mails.

The White House had threatened to veto any bill that did not shield the companies, which tapped lines at the behest of the president and attorney general but without permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the special panel established for that purpose under the 1978 law.

This has always been about foreign communications that only happen to cross our territory because of the structure of the global communications network.

It is not "domestic" spying, and the program raised no opposition at first. It is foreign intelligence collection designed to prevent another 9/11. But that isn't how our press describes it.

How our Left can expend so much effort to undermine our defenses is beyond me.