Friends and readers, I will be in Washington, D.C. next week on professional (not political) and personal business. I will be out of blog pocket for most of the week. LS
BUT MY FLIGHT DOES NOT LEAVE UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING AND BELOW IS BREAKING NEWS FOUND ON TRUTHOUT.ORG: "ROVE INFORMS WHITE HOUSE HE WILL BE INDICTED"
BONE CHILLING AND MIND NUMBING
WHITE HOUSE MAY HAVE USED SATELLITES TO SPY ON US
NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity: ‘People…Are Going To Be Shocked’
I have simply run out of adjectives and adverbs to describe the level of abuse and corruption visited upon us by the Bush GOP. LS
From THINK PROGRESS courtesy of RAW STORY.COM
[Tice] said he plans to tell the committee staffers the NSA conducted illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of U.S. citizens while he was there with the knowledge of Hayden. … “I think the people I talk to next week are going to be shocked when I tell them what I have to tell them. It’s pretty hard to believe,” Tice said. “I hope that they’ll clean up the abuses and have some oversight into these programs, which doesn’t exist right now.” …
USING SATELLITES TO SPY ON AMERICANS
NEW YORK TIMES AND US NEWS TODAY DON'T GET IT ON ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING
Greg Palast wrote the editorial posted below on BUZZ FLASH.COM
THE SPIES WHO SHAG US
The Times and USA Today have Missed the Bigger Story -- Again
IN CASE YOUR BONES ARE NOT YET FROZEN AND YOU CAN STILL THINK, THIS REVELATION BY MR. PALAST WILL TERRIFY YOU AND MAKE YOU CHOKE WITH RAGE. LS
(For those who don't know, Greg Palast is author of Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War, out June 6.) LS
This is: the snooping into your phone bill is just the snout of the pig of a strange, lucrative link-up between the Administration's Homeland Security spy network and private companies operating beyond the reach of the laws meant to protect us from our government. You can call it the privatization of the FBI -- though it is better described as the creation of a private KGB.The leader in the field of what is called "data mining," is a company, formed , called, "ChoicePoint, Inc," which has sucked up over a billion dollars in national security contracts.
Worried about Dick Cheney listening in Sunday on your call to Mom? That ain't nothing. You should be more concerned that they are linking this info to your medical records, your bill purchases and your entire personal profile including, not incidentally, your voting registration. Five years ago, I discovered that ChoicePoint had already gathered 16 billion data files on Americans -- and I know they've expanded their ops at an explosive rate.
They are paid to keep an eye on you -- because the FBI can't. For the government to collect this stuff is against the law unless you're suspected of a crime. (The law in question is the Constitution.) But ChoicePoint can collect if for "commercial" purchases -- and under the Bush Administration's suspect reading of the Patriot Act -- our domestic spying apparatchiks can then BUY the info from ChoicePoint.
Who ARE these guys selling George Bush a piece of you?
GREG PALAST: THE SPIES WHO SHAG US
It will most certainly be an interesting week to be in Washington, D.C. LS