Thursday, August 16, 2007

A more "robust" Surveillance State:

The WaPo reports:

"The Bush administration has approved a plan to expand domestic access to some of the most powerful tools of 21st-century spycraft, giving law enforcement officials and others the ability to view data obtained from satellite and aircraft sensors that can see through cloud cover and even penetrate buildings and underground bunkers. . . They could also have access to much more. A statement issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security said that officials envision 'more robust access' not only to imagery but also to 'the collection, analysis and production skills and capabilities of the intelligence community.'"

Although, the statelites worry me; I could see how these so called "Keyhole-class" spysats with resolution of 5 to 6 inches could be useful to cops during anti-war demostrations; and the signals intercept and detection satellites, which according to Space Today Online can "tune in on radio, telephone and data transmissions," are pretty scary when you think about any flatfoot being able to access that sort of thing with the very trust worthy oversight of Al Gonzales' DoJ between you and him, what really get's me is the military/police team up.

Hell, why don't we just roll the military into a big office of National Para-Police and give every cop a sporty new black uniform with shiny boots.

What is this new Democratic Congress doing anyway? You see the likes of Pat Leahy, Arlen Specter and John Conyers calling for Gonzales' head, yet at the same time they're giving him more power.

Didn't the Dems just give Waterboard Al a free hand on domestic eavesdropping? And it looks like forgetfull Al has new powers in the Patriot Act, too, which not one of these civil liberty loving, Gonzales loathing, Democrats thought to check into before renewing the law again last year.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center the newly passed bill "Is likely to curtail the appeals of state death row inmates in federal courts. The legislation . . . would allow states to obtain approval of their systems of representation in death penalty cases from the U.S. Attorney General rather than from the federal courts, as required under a previous law. Once approval is granted, habeas corpus petitions alleging constitutional error in death verdicts would be put on a fast track for resolution," (i.e. Death).

Because we know how frivilous all these death penalty appeals are: 100% of all death row inmates are guilty, or else they wouldn't be there, right?

And, by the same token, you shouldn't be too worried about spysats that Space Today says, have "resolutions as sharp as 10 centimeters (3.93 inches) -- in other words, the satellites can discern a softball-sized object from several hundred miles away," becuase if you've got nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.

All you right-wingers out there surely have nothing to worry about, because you're on the same team with these people snooping into every underwear closet and under every bed.

Until, that is, Hillary gets into office. Then where will you be?


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