Well, mine, anyway.
I have been reading Josh Marshall’s ruminations about the implications of Rockefeller Memo, and it seems to present, in conjunction with the President’s weird gyrations and denials, fairly compelling evidence for the existence of Echelon. Pretty chilling stuff.
Over the last couple days I’ve heard informed speculation from several knowledgeable sources that what is likely really at issue here is the nature of the technology being deployed — both new technology and technology which in the nature of its method of collection turns upside down our normal ways of thinking about what constitutes a reasonable or permissible search.
I had thought that the reason that Snoopergate was such a shock to the White House and such a political liability was that the NSA was being used to spy on political dissidents. Today, in fresh light, it’s starting to look like the NSA was spying on EVERYBODY. Of course FISA warrants don’t cover that.
I would say that this is a clear violation of the 4th Amendment from top to bottom, if Echelon turns out to be something other than a fantasy.
Back in 2001, on a lark, I participated in something called “Jam Echelon Day,” which is where we all sent tons of emails containing as many of our theoretical “trigger words”- “al qaeda, semtex, jihad, Murrah building, protocols of the elders of zion, ZOG, Ruby Ridge, etc, etc.” We all, I think, had this ideal hope that we would see technicians popping out of closets and from under manhole covers, ripping their headphones off of their ears and screaming “AAAAAHHHHH!!! TOO MUCH!!!!” I mean, not really, but hacker types do funny stuff for funny reasons.
Agent Little Bird and I have been batting this around all morning, in a very black mood. Quoth he-
“I just hope whoever is monitoring my emails and such literally gets bored to death.”
yeah. Or tried for sedition and treason and thrown into the darkest prison we can find. Fat chance.
cross-posted at Shakespeare’s Sister