Saturday, July 28, 2007

What Bush Really Means on FISA Update

President Bush spoke of the need to modernize the FISA law to better monitor terrorist communications. I was puzzled as I read his radio talk as the law hasn't constrained the Bush team from doing what it wants before. So why should it now? Assuming the President needs the law updated to cover his forays into "uncharted" (illegal) territory, I'll attempt to translate the four points George Bush made in his radio speech.

"It includes four key reforms: First, it brings FISA up to date with the changes in communications technology that have taken place over the past three decades." We've been ham struck by terrorists living in caves using smoke signals, the telegraph, and semaphores.

"Second, it seeks to restore FISA to its original focus on protecting the privacy interests of people inside the United States, so we don't have to obtain court orders to effectively collect foreign intelligence about foreign targets located in foreign locations." We can spy anywhere in the #@%# world, we want to. Borders and sovereign countries don't matter.

"Third, it allows the government to work more efficiently with private-sector entities like communications providers, whose help is essential." Like all "modernized" programs, this one will be contracted out to my buddies' companies, mostly affiliates of private equity underwriters (PEU's). Can any of the 90 Carlyle Group tech companies help the President achieve his goal?

"And fourth, it will streamline administrative processes so our intelligence community can gather foreign intelligence more quickly and more effectively, while protecting civil liberties." This is a ruse, gullible Americans. Did you see how I streamlined the federal response to Hurricane Katrina? And then I threw a double dose of stinky with the follow up Lessons Learned report. If you read the bullshit Fran wrote, you'll learn I learned nothing! I can move armies quickly and spend money like a cowboy in a whore house, but civil liberties? Who gives a rat's ass?