Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Wiretaps fail to make dent in terror war; al Qaeda used messengers

"The Bush administration's surveillance policy has failed to make a dent in the war against al Qaeda.

U.S. law enforcement sources said that more than four years of surveillance by the National Security Agency has failed to capture any high-level al Qaeda operative in the United States. They said al Qaeda insurgents have long stopped using the phones and even computers to relay messages. Instead, they employ couriers.

"They have been way ahead of us in communications security," a law enforcement source said. "At most, we have caught some riff-raff. But the heavies remain free and we believe some of them are in the United States."

Several members of Congress have been briefed on the effectiveness of the government surveillance program that does not require a court order.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, who was briefed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the matter, said he plans to hold hearings on the program by February 2006.

"There may be legislation which will come out of it [hearings] to restrict the president's power," Mr. Specter said."


Blogger RebelSaid said...

yeah this war needs to end...

4:57 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

Welcome RebelSaid,

Which war is it that you think should end, the WoT, the War in Iraq, of the war on the civil liberties of the US citizen? I'm a bit confused by your comment

6:53 PM  
Blogger RebelSaid said...

I think the war in Iraq needs to end...yesterday.

5:16 AM  
Blogger madtom said...

If you don't mind me asking, Why?
Are you a supporter of tyrants?
You don't believe that the ragheads are ever going to be able to govern themselves, and we are just wasting our time, money, and blood?
Iraq is too far away for us to care about?
No war for oil?
Do any of those help or do you have some other reasons or some combination?

2:37 PM  

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