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NYT Admits To Lying About NSA Programs

Don’t let them kid you.

This is tantamount to a retraction from the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times.

Details of Two Surveillance Programs

May 14, 2006

Two related National Security Agency surveillance programs begun after the Sept. 11 attacks have provoked legal controversy because the agency does not seek court warrants for their operation.

In the domestic eavesdropping program, the N.S.A. listens in on phone calls and reads e-mail messages to and from Americans and others in the United States who the agency believes may be linked to Al Qaeda. Only international communications — those into and out of the country — are monitored, according to administration officials. Until late 2001, the N.S.A. focused on only the foreign end of such conversations; if it decided someone in the United States was of intelligence interest, it had to get a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Now such warrants are sought only for communications between two people who are both in the United States.

In the telephone record data-mining program, the N.S.A. has obtained from at least three phone companies the records of all calls — domestic and international — showing the phone numbers on both ends of each conversation, and its date, time, duration and other details. The records do not include the contents of any call or e-mail message and do not include personal data like credit card numbers and home addresses, officials say.

Security agency employees perform computer analysis in an effort to identify possible associates of terror suspects.

The hell you say?

The New York Times has been the main culprit in conflating these two separated and distinct NSA programs so as to confuse and alarm their unfortunate readers. And they have been demagoging the issue for more than six months.

Of course, The Times continues to muddy the waters here. There is no need for a warrant for "data mining" (traffic analysis of communications patterns).

In fact, there is no need for a warrant for "electronic surveillance" (which monitors content) of Al Qaeda calls either, as long as the Attorney General signs off.

But you can’t expect too much truth from the New York Times in one article.

It’s a minor miracle to see any.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 14th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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