Feb 17 2006
Again my apologies to everyone for the light posting. I am starting to work the NASA Exploration Initiative and it is sucking up a lot of time as I ramp up. The good news is I think I know what I will be doing the next 20 odd years.
I also plan to finish reviewing the Able Danger hearings, what little there was to them. But something is not right and it looks like a standard DC cover up where everyone saves public face and the corrective actions are done behind the scene. At least one would hope they would be. The problem is someone went on a data purging rampage in 2000 starting with some politically uncomfortable results from a China infiltration study and then, for some obsessive reason, went on and deleted national security information on possible terrorists who ended up killing 3000 people. It seems this purging of embarrassing data happened again at DIA in 2004. The only thing I ever wanted out of Able Danger was assurances that no one could, in a fit of CYA, destroy valuable and critical data. That data is the property of the United States – it is the property of the people. It cannot be destroyed because someone’s career may be effected. But it seems the focus is on the retaliation by some people on those who blew the whistle on the data destruction and obstruction. Which is good. Maybe actions are being taken to not allow this to happen again.
On the Cheney madness I can only say conservative talk radio has sunk as low as the antique liberal media. They keep hyping it all day long and ignore Gore’s insane comments in Saudi Arabia and the fact Iran is getting closer to nuclear weapons. The liberal media is killing itself. All media is killing itself. Anyone who says Cheney should have come out earlier is missing all the damage done to the media by him coming out when and as he did. We now see the new media in this country is a bunch of arrogant, whiney people who are too lazy to tackle hard complex issues. Probably because they have a rough time grasping them. Our news media in DC is a bunch of gossip hounds.
We have a NASA scientist doing his Chicken Little shtick in Global Warming. This guy is correct on the warming (we have hard evidence, how could he not be) and is wildly speculating on the solution without any scientific basis whatsoever (which makes him one of those scientists who can measure, but is not good at developing a thesis on what the measurements mean). I have written a lot on the subject of what we know and don’t know (here, here and here). My speculations on the causes are as probable as the Kyoto crowd – except mine have not been disproved by the Kyoto crowds lousy computer models which can’t predict when tomorrow will arrive it seems.
Governor Arnold ain’t too smart on this either. What a waste. All that money Californians will pay out in gas taxes and it won’t do a damn thing.
As predicted, once Senators learned Bush did not order NSA to circumvent FISA but instead ordered FISA to use NSA leads (which they were detecting in the same basic manner before and after 9-11) they would retreat on a Senate Investigation. It would only open the program to new scrutiny and leave egg on everyone’s faces as the public learned that the NY Times got the whole thing ‘bass-ackwards’ (howâ€™s that for redundancy). The antique news media is all in an uproar. More on this at Stop The ACLU. Seems the Democrats are caving on the Patriot Act as well:
Earlier today, the Senate handed the administration a victory as it voted, 96 to 3
The Bush administration helped derail a Senate bid to investigate a warrantless eavesdropping program yesterday after signaling it would reject Congress’s request to have former attorney general John D. Ashcroft and other officials testify about the program’s legality. The actions underscored a dramatic and possibly permanent drop in momentum for a congressional inquiry, which had seemed likely two months ago.
Given the fact FISA was refusing to follow up on NSA leads with warrants, unless they FBI took the time and had the luck to find independent, collaborative evidence, the NSA naysayers in the press were just given a huge favor. I for one would have liked to continue this to its logical conclusion where those who were so prudish to ignore obvious terrorist leads in this country simply because they came from the NSA were shown to America as historic examples of stupidity. The Priests of Process allowed 9-11 to happen through their obsession about the sanctity of process over what is truth. Once the 9-11 terrorists made into our country they were free to do what they needed, unhindered by ‘snooping’ law enforcement.
Well, hopefully more posting later today. Everyone please have a great day.