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Wednesday, May 17, 2006


This is coolbert: T

he honorable Senator Pat Roberts of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is being interviewed on National Public Radio [NPR] this evening. Is talking about the "monitoring" [that is the termed used by the narrator of the program] being done on phone calls within the U.S. by the National Security Agency [NSA].

The Senator does mention that what is being done is 100 % legal. That this IS something that has been the subject of Supreme Court review and is settled case law.

Is NOT listening to phone calls. That IS not being done.

Senator Roberts also says that what is occurring is NOT data mining. That is what I thought the operation was. Taking millions if not tens of millions of phone records and data mining to find connections and discover terrorists or potential terrorists.

What exactly the NSA operation is then is unclear. If not data mining, then what? That is not even speculated upon. Just an ongoing and to the Senator, a successful program that is fruitful and worthwhile.



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