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RIP Chief Hardy and Chief Kock. v/r ENS Richardson
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2008 on Godspeed Nate Hardy and Mike Koch at BlackFive
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Also, could it be possible that the AP would have an interest in portraying the nation's professional diplomats as being unsupportive of the administration's Iraq policy? As a former contractor with State, I can tell you that’s largely true – one of the many reasons I got fed up and left. Not all FSOs are that way and maybe not even most – but too many.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2007 on Now I'm Going To Get Ugly at BlackFive
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You don't address the key points in the story. . . I commented on the portions I wanted/had time to comment on. Why is not addressing an entire post an issue? I find that bizarre. I did ask several direct questions to which one direct answer was received. I will take that to mean – as your post and comment also indicate, if implicitly by omission and selected wrong “facts” – that you in fact do not have much of a clue about EO12333, intel oversight, etc. Does that not infringe on my right to free expression? This raises another question – which one is it, either a) “I'm not saying my life has changed at all.” or; b) “Does that not infringe on my right to free expression?”? . . .and no matter how distasteful you yourself might find that, Richardson, it's my constitutional right to do so. That’s a straw man, which ironically you caution against using. And quotations from government websites telling me that the "NSA doesn't spy on American citizens" or quoting the official, written limitations of powers doesn't apply here, Richardson. You left out the key word from the NSA quote, “unconstitutionally.” That means that you must be part of an intelligence or counterintelligence investigation for them to collect on you, which brings FISA into play. But you aren’t’ concerned with the facts, it seems. Accusations (“debate”) of overstepping make quoting the law irrelevant? Ah yes, guiltily until proven innocent (another irony). And the claims are of course entirely credible, right? Wrong. The fact is, if I were right now asserting my Constitutionally-protected right to sign up for an anti-war group, or walk in a peach march, or write inflammatory words on a blog, I could end up on the "no-fly list" and I would have no legal recourse to find out who put me there, why, nor have a way to get off. That is not a “fact” at all. Walking in a peace rally will not put you on the “no fly” list; donating to terrorist groups – which one may or may not know they are doing – might. Associating with groups that – perhaps or perhaps not unbeknownst to those signing up – have ties to terror-related groups also might do it. A clerical (transliteration errors, typo, etc.) or administrative error also might do it (e.g. Kennedy), unless there was anther Kennedy of the same name (no stretch) that had actually done something to have such a restriction emplaced. Mistakes will happen. If you know anything about the government, such bureaucratic bumbling should not be surprising. There are also good reasons for not telling some people why or how they were placed on such a list; it could reveal an ongoing investigation, a collection method or target, etc. Some people also complain about extra screening and think they are unfairly being targeted, when the truth is, purchasing a one-way ticket, or purchasing with cash, will often get one extra scrutiny. I’ve been there myself, a few times, but I understand why I was flagged and don’t rely on paranoid conspiracy theories – while Is this paranoia, as people on the right tend to write this off as? Yes. And the day you’re declared an “enemy combatant,” let me know so I can go out and get some good pics of pigs flying. . . .this should frighten any true American. Right. And if one is not paranoid, one is not a “true American”? Really, if you are going to rant about such things, you should at least acquaint yourself with the very laws in question (hello intel oversight!), and take a more critical look at the other (not your) side of the issues (“no fly” list, etc). This, I would think, would be at the most basic level of being “critical” and of avoiding writing a “knee-jerk” post. - - - - - - Note to Jamie, and I quote myself; “I don’t read your blog regularly. . .” And I am reminded of why.
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I understand your concern over the Patriot Act, but must tell you there is a lot of disinformation out there about it. As a conservative (and a patriot, BTW), I actually agree that Section 505 (National Security Letters rather than FISA court orders) was used far beyond a reasonable mandate. I would like to ask; please tell me, specifically, how your life (or the lives of those you know) has (have) changed due to the Patriot Act. I’d be very interested in hearing about that. I’m not talking about how you believe it could change your life, but how it has; what is it you can’t do now you could do before? And I’m not talking about avoiding something due to paranoia, I mean what is now legally verboten for you that otherwise would be on your agenda? Now I will ask a few more questions; 1.) Do you know what Executive Order 12333 (1981) does? 2.) Are you familiarly with the term “intelligence oversight” (IO)? 3.) The definition of a “U.S. person” in the context of IO? I don’t read your blog regularly (did enjoy the “space girl” posts), but believe you are a U.S. citizen from what I have read. As such, you’re considered a “U.S. person” to U.S. intelligence agencies, and unless you are part of some sort of investigation, they cannot collect and retain information on you (if information is inadvertently collected, it cannot be retained, it must be discarded and no record kept as long as you are not part of an investigation). This means while you are in America or overseas; no matter where you are. As for James Yee; there are many reasons not to pursue counterintelligence cases in a court of law. You’re a smart fellow, I’m sure you can think of some.
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