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Monday, May 15, 2006

Go Ahead And Track My Phone Calls

It's fine, really, because I know the information is only used for catching the terrorists. No-one would ever misuse any of this information. Certainly no one in this administration would ever think about using the phone records to snoop on reporters.

And don't forget, as Andrew Sullivan reminds us today, to keep this in perspective:

"One thing the Bush administration says it can do with this [NSA] meta-data-[gathering] is to start tapping your calls and listening in, without getting a warrant from anyone. Having listened in on your calls, the administration asserts that if it doesn't like what it hears, it has the authority to detain you indefinitely without trial or charges, torture you until you confess or implicate others, extradite you to a Third World country to be tortured, ship you to a secret prison facility in Eastern Europe, or all of the above. If, having kidnapped and tortured you, the administration determines you were innocent after all, you'll be dumped without papers somewhere in Albania left to fend for yourself."