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What is most important to understand about the revelations of massive message interception by the U.S. government is this: in counterterrorist terms, it is a farce.

There is a fallacy behind the current intelligence strategy of the United States, behind this collection of up to three billion phone calls a day, of emails, and even of credit card expenditures, not to mention the government spying on the mass media. It is this:

The more quantity of intelligence, the better it is for preventing terrorism.

In the real, practical world this is untrue, though it might seem counterintuitive. You don’t need — to put it in an exaggerated way — an atomic bomb against a flea.  Basically the NSA, as one of my readers suggested, is the digital equivalent of the TSA strip-searching an 80 year-old Minnesota grandmothers rather than profiling and focusing on the likely terrorists.

Isn’t it absurd that the United States — which can’t finish a simple border fence to keep out potential terrorists; can’t stop a would-be terrorist in the U.S. Army who gives a PowerPoint presentation on why he is about to shoot people (Major Nidal Hasan); can’t follow up on Russian intelligence warnings about Chechen terrorist contacts (the Boston bombing); or a dozen similar incidents — must now collect every telephone call in the country?

Isn’t it absurd that under this system, a photo-shop clerk has to stop an attack on Fort Dix by overcoming his fear of appearing “racist” to report a cell of terrorists?

That it was left to brave passengers to jump a would-be “underpants bomber” from Nigeria, because his own father’s warning that he was a terrorist was insufficient?

Isn’t it absurd that terrorists and terrorist supporters visit the White House, hang out with the FBI, and advise the U.S. government on counter-terrorist policy, even while — as CAIR does — advising Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement? And that they are admiringly quoted in the media?

Meanwhile, a documented, detailed revelation of this behavior in MERIA Journal by Patrick Poole – ”Blind to Terror: The U.S. Government’s Disastrous Muslim Outreach Efforts and the Impact on U.S. Middle East Policy” — a report which rationally should bring down the governmentdoes not get covered by a single mass media outlet?

Imagine this scene:

“Sir, we have a telephone call about a potential terrorist attack!”

“Not now, Smithers, I’m giving a tour of our facility to some supporters of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

How about the time when the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem had a (previously jailed) Hamas agent working in their motor pool with direct access to the vehicles and itineraries of all visiting U.S. dignitaries and senior officials?

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Good analysis, Mr. Rubin. JSenta already nailed it, but my response is: "What a wonderful way to use fear-based marketing to pull the wool over our eyes and institute an 'intelligence' system that's intended to do nothing more than spy on law-abiding Americans, with the intent of slowly and completely stealing our Liberty?" And make the enemy gun owners, returning military veterans, and anybody who still supports the Constitution. Conspiracy theory? No, it's all been said and done already.
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What happens if the underlining assumption of collecting metadata on phone calls (to apprehend Islamic terrorists) is false? What if that is not the goal? What if Obama believes his own rhetoric -- that right-wingers and members of the Tea Party and ex-military personnel are as dangerous as certain members of a "religion of peace." So wouldn't finding out who those "enemy" Americans are be worth a trillion dollars to an Obama? Yep, a real "bargain" for the con man in the WH.
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Spooks and Peepers scanning systems
Here's my thoughts in case you missed 'em
DHS to NSA
FBI and CIA
Building Meta-data Bases
Scooping up our every traces

Director Clapper, you say: "Trust us.
It's for defense, and sometimes justice."
Yes, Mister Clapper, we can see
What a powerful tool, such data could be
But if anything I trust you less
Than I ever did the IRS

And how hard would it really be
For a tactics fan of Alinsky
To morph a track from the wee hours of morn
Into a search for kiddie porn.
So take your Surveillance State Preservers
And shove them up your Secret Servers
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This current scandal should have every American wondering if they still live in a free country. How can we claim to be a beacon of freedom and have a constituional right to privacy when the government is spying on every citizen. The stasi, KGB and gestapo were amateurs compared to this administration. I suppose this comment is being monitored and fed to the appropriate agency for punitive action.
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Well golly, I guess domestic spying isn't about keeping is safe from terrorist attacks, just like the Affordable Health Care Act is neither affordable nor about health care!
45 weeks ago
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This is what happens when you switch from Humint to Signit as a main source of intelligence gathering. The great state of Isreal still relies heavily on Humint and has good results.
45 weeks ago
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You guys really should join the Democrats, you make about as much sense. Yes, every farm boy who ever fought for American liberty was really just conspiring to take away your guns.

Come next: how have a strong military won't win any wars.

Maroons.
45 weeks ago
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If security was the real issue then the communications of anyone going to a masque would be monitored, including video/audio of everything that goes on there. You don't go looking for KKK members in black churches, so where, would you go to find muslime terrorists?

We have to come to grips with the fact that islam isn't a religion, it's a political movement, and one that is entirely incompatible with any form of democratic government, especially ours.

"If" some say security is worth limited liberty, how then can they not say it is also worth profiling?
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OUTSTANDING ARTICLE BY BARRY RUBIN

to which I add:

Barark Obama the biggest and baddest of big government liberal presidents, who's ideologically fixated on bigness (big is beautiful, bigger is better), has applied his blind love for bigness and big government to the NSA's counter terrorism programs- turning the effective fishing pole used by George W. Bush to catch terrorists into a gigantic expensive ever expansive net intrusively gobbling up tons of info from our telephones and internet. And what does Obama have to show for it? 13 dead and 30 injured at Ft. Hood; 4 dead and 280 injured at Boston; 4 dead in Benghazi; 1 dead and 1 injured in Little Rock; and near catastrophes at Times Square and on Christmas Day 2009. Obama's post-9/11 record next to Bush's is abysmal and proves that bigger isn't better when countering jihadist terror.
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You nailed it - especially with this sentence:

"There are no technological magic spells: if analysts are incompetent, blocked from understanding the relationship between Islam and terrorism, hindered by political correctness and fear of career costs, and leaders are unwilling to take proper action, who cares how much data was collected?"
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Is anyone going to ask these questions of Dianne Feinstein, Obama, and the other defenders of this dragnet?

While I'm asking depressing questions, is there a Republican presidential prospect who will dare to profile instead of storing my e-mails for eternity?
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The Fight against Terrorism was never more than a fig leaf. Serious terrorists have known about electronic surveillance for years.

The NSA (hi, guys!) and its backers were always more interested in "business opportunities" and political blackmail. Secretly amassed personal data on regular Americans is of no use in fighting terrorists.
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The bottom line is that the fools running our country don't know what to do with info when they have it. They stick their heads in the sand & do nothing. It is a ship of fools with info provided by a ship of fools. Info isn't the problem. The incompetent people we have interpreting it IS the problem! See the 911 terrorists that overstayed their visas. State knew about this, but because they didn't do anything nearly 3,000 people died. Nuff said!
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