May 30 2007
OK, I thought I hd heard every idiotic thing in the world out of the Democrats. But when I think they can’t get anymore dangerous or stupid, their Bush Derangement Syndrome grabs hold of them and they align themselves with our enemies. I kid you not, but the new chairman of the House Intel committee (who had not business being the chairman based on his total lack of experience) is OK with protecting the right of terrorists to communicate into the US without any restrictions:
In his May 21 op-ed, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, tried to make the case for the administration’s new proposal for rewriting FISA. But his complaints about the current system were inaccurate.
He stated that our intelligence agencies must obtain a court order to monitor the communications of foreigners abroad. That is not correct. Foreign-to-foreign communications, as a rule, do not require a court order.
Note Reyes (D) doesn’t include known terrorist calling into the US. He just lumps people by their location – not their history or record. The NSA program is targetted to only those people who contact or are contacted by a terrorist overseas (or here) who are already under surveillance. The NSA program does not allow for the random surveillance of just anyone. When they monitor a suspected terrorist, and that terrorist contacts someone in the US, then that communication is saved (before 9-11 it was destroyed strangely enough) and then investigated. If the lead turns out to be worrisome then it is taken to the FISA Court for a surveillance warrant. What Reyes clearly implies is this ‘foriegn-to-America’ communication needs a warrant – though even in the US all contacts involving a valid target of surveillance are monitored and recorded.
Reyes relies on the fact the egg can proceed the chicken in his lame attempt to grasp the situation (or explain his BDS derangemnent – who knows):
One of McConnell’s principal concerns relates to the time required to obtain a court order under FISA, but what he failed to mention is that the attorney general (or the deputy attorney general or an assistant attorney general) can grant oral approval for surveillance if that Justice Department official believes “an emergency situation exists” and that the facts will support a FISA court order.
Reyes is an ignoramous on this matter. First off, no FISA warrant can be let based ONLY on the NSA intercepts. The FIS Court has never allowed that. Maybe Reyes should check reality before making things up. What is happening is the NSA intercept is being provided to the FBI and the FBI is investigating. In 45 day chunks the DoJ and President authorize the emergency investigations to determine the seriousness of the threat. Only if the FBI or local law enforcement can demonstrate INDEPENDENT evidence, beyond the NSA intercept, can a full FISA warrant be issued. So it is not enough to have an NSA intercept with Bin Laden himsef saying “allah be merciful, begin your attack” to someone in DC.
Reyes and the Dems are playing a dangerous game here – with OUR lives. I refuse to let KNOWN terrorists call into this country without those callls being monitored and checked out. We lost 3,000 people on 9-11 because we did not pass the NSA leads onto the FBI – and yes, there apparently were leads intercepted by the NSA regarding 9-11 (Gen Hayden alluded to these in many public comments). And those leads were thrown away because the FIS Court would not allow them in warrant applications. So people died horrible deaths. That is what Reyes is trying to bring back. Even a known terrorist is ‘foreign’, and that is all Reyes is concerned about.