There has been much well-reasoned legal argument about the Leader of the Unfree World’s recent foray into domestic spying. Today Attorney General Gonzalez and a General Hayden defended the Program at a press conference. There is a comment that was at the tail end of the conference that is particularly troubling to me:
Q: Can you just give us one assurance before you go, General?I know the United States government has many NSA listening posts outside the United States. Did General Hayden say what I think he said? It seems to me that he is implying that the listening end of the conversation is outside the US. Does this mean that there actually has been interception of conversations between citizens of the United States, both of whom could be located here in the United States? Our listening facilities in say, Great Britain would serve this purpose quite nicely. Does anyone agree that the last comment seems to imply what I read it as implying? Did the General give away their nasty little secret? I think he did.
ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALEZ: It depends on what it is. (Laughter.)
Q: Can you assure us that all of these intercepts had an international component and that at no time were any of the intercepts purely domestic?
GENERAL HAYDEN: The authorization given to NSA by the President requires that one end of these communications has to be outside the United States. I can assure you, by the physics of the intercept, by how we actually conduct our activities, that one end of these communications are always outside the United States of America.
Posted by Buck Batard at December 19, 2005 10:45 PM