May 15, 2006
Looking for the Old Folks Brigade

Political Critic points out that it’s only us old timers that the government is spying on these days. The youngsters, which means anybody under 40, get a free ride.

As it turns out, this NSA spy program only pertains to land based phone lines. Cell phone calls are not being included in this database. That means that all the calls you make on your cell are not traced....well, at least not this way.

So not only is the government conducting another unlawful spy programs, they are also going about it in the completely wrong manner. The government claims that these phone records are being obtained to protect the nation against terrorists. However, terrorists are usually young people. Most young people use cell phones exclusively.

I, for one, haven't used a landline in years and I'm in my early 30’s. Many people younger than me have never even had a land line. Who uses landlines? Your parents, that’s who.

So the U.S. government is obtaining phone records of old people. Good job! They are missing most of the people in their teens and 20’s and a good chunk of the thirtysomething crowd. That’s a pretty large gap, don't you think? It sounds like quite an effective program.

I don't have the breakdown of the percent of population that uses cell phones versus landlines, but it is fairly clear that the 18-34 year old crowd has already moved significantly in the direction of wireless.

Of course, the braindead mainstream media has failed all day long to point this out. It’s up to the bloggers to show that the government is not only unethical, but completely stupid too.

These phone records won’t find a terrorist any more than they could before. It will simply be an exercise in futility and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.



Posted by Buck Batard at May 15, 2006 09:53 AM
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This would make sense if the motive for the spying were actually to catch terrorists. But it clearly is not designed to do that, since it is so unfocused -- it is intended to monitor the press and political opponents, to squelch dissent and to blackmail allies into providing unwavering loyalty. Many of those folks still use land lines.

Posted by: mamayaga on May 15, 2006 12:01 PM

This is the exact opposite message that is revealed at the ABC News blog, the Blotter.

I suspect what is going on is that, since no one has revealed the celphone call monitoring, they are denying it is going on.

In fact, James Bamford's Body of Secrets discusses celphone monitoring, and this book was written with the help of the NSA, and was published in April 2002. I seem to recall that the NSA just lifts the stuff as it goes to the satellite.

Posted by: JS Narins on May 15, 2006 1:54 PM


A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.

Maybe they are tracking cell phone calls.

Posted by: spiiderweb on May 15, 2006 8:25 PM

Maybe journalists should learn from terrorists and use their (prepaid) cell phones only once.

Posted by: Peter on May 16, 2006 11:59 AM

I would add that I have seen the TV show "24" a number of times. Terrorists are featured prominently, and they seem to quite love cell phones!!!!

Posted by: sinful on May 16, 2006 12:08 PM

Right on the mark.

Posted by: Harrison2 on May 18, 2006 7:00 PM
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