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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Politics of the NSA "Snoopgate"

A memo to the Democrats and their propaganda arm (aka the MSM): THE NSA STORY IS POLITICAL SUICIDE!!!

As we've been trying to point out here, here, and here.

From Blogs For Bush:

December 28, 2005--Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.

Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.
I'm pretty sure the RINO's who jumped on the anti-NSA bandwagon will now swiftly jump off...what I wonder is whether or not the anti-Bush left will allow the Democrats to drop this. After all, there have already been calls for impeachment on the left over this and judging by the comments we've received here from leftwing posters, they really believe that this is the prime example of Bushitlerism - the mantra being that the NSA story is proof we're just a step away from dictatorship.

Driving off a cliff doesn't even begin to cover what the left is doing these days.

Well, as our header says... let's give the Left a gentle nudge.


I seem to recall the Lefties going crazy over an online poll conducted at Christian Science Monitor (which must've been slammed by DUers and Kossacks, since the "result" was 98% think Bush broke the law). The results from a real Rasmussen poll cited above seem to be more accurate. Although, the Left will of course doubt their authenticity.

That's fine... This is all the product of having a complicit press echoing your positions. You get lazy and think that everyone agrees with you.

It's going to be a very hard landing.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (3)
G4P said...

Ahem ... I think the issue is whether or not the NSA can do this spying *without a warrant* ... and I think everybody knows that. That pesky separation-of-powers, checking an arrogant executive thing. I wonder if that Rasmusen poll was worded specifically to embolden the administration's position...

St Wendeler said...

Actually, the President does have the authority to snoop on foreign agents... But keep thinking that you've got him.

St Wendeler said...

From Dec 29th's Chicago Tribune:

Historically the telecom companies have cooperated with the government on wholesale wiretapping, and the Bush administration's anti-terrorism programs appear to be no exception. . . .
During the Cold War, telecom organizations freely cooperated with government agencies regarding national security, and there seemed to be little worry about whether the requests were accompanied by court orders, one expert said.
"In the 1960s, I worked for an international telex and telegram carrier in their Washington office," said Bob Atkinson, policy research director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. "Every day a government agent stopped by to pick up copies of all telegrams that were sent overseas.
"I asked about it once and was told we'd been making copies available to the government since World War II.
"I think the practice only ended when people stopped sending telegrams."