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December 21, 2005

Those Who Rewrite History Will Force Us All to Repeat It

Lately, I've been spending my commutes (which aren't anywhere near as long as they once were, but not nearly as short as working from home) switching back and forth between NPR and the local conservative-ish talk radio station, 630 WPRO. Highlighting the "ish" is that the station's news comes from ABC News, which does not, as far as I've been able to tell, tailor its output to suit likely WPRO listeners.

On Monday morning, the two sources of information actually made me feel nauseated with the emergence of the "impeachment" word so quickly with reference to this wiretapping mess, based largely on the guesswork of commentators about what the circumstances might or might not be. Sickening, the knowledge that political actors are leveraging the fact that a wall marked "Classified" hides the best conflicting arguments to make demagogic declarations, and the knowledge that people are almost certain to die as a result. Comparisons to the treatment of intelligence policies that preceded 9/11 are inescapable — as is the suspicion that another decade and another terrorist attack on our soil will spark further incredulous demagoguery that not enough was done to gather intelligence.

Unsurprisingly, nobody who gets their news from only the usual sources, at least those that I've heard, would know of the existence of analyses such as James Robbins's and Byron York's. The former, through the novel strategy of actually reading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), concludes that the President's actions were legal. The latter refutes those multiple scholars and experts whom I've heard on the radio claiming that the process of acquiring a FISA warrant couldn't possibly be considered arduous, even when addressing the fast-moving threat of terrorists utilizing modern communication methods.

Posted by Justin Katz at December 21, 2005 6:01 AM

Your premise could be applied to the current president of Iran too along with his 'holocaust never happened' rhetoric.

Posted by: smmtheory at December 22, 2005 12:53 PM

Oddly enough, I don't recall any of the media outlets making all that much of a big deal out of NSA intercepts back when BJ Clinton was running the Oval Office. Nor do I recall anything critical being written about the 1996 Anti Terror Act, certainly nothing like what we've seen about the Patriot Act. It's almost as though some people slept for 8 years and suddenly woke up, started paying attention again, and got back in the journalism business.

Moving along to the comment above:
I like how the same thug-in-chief of Iran who denied that any organized attempt to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe ever happened then went on later to suggest that any Jewish homeland should be in Europe.

In other words, "The Holocaust is a Jewish myth that never happened, but if it did then it is you Europeans who should give up some land to the Jews, not us Moslems". Uh, ok Mr. A., that's clear enough. You bet. Please step away from any large, red, buttons, there's a good fellow.

Posted by: notdhimmi at December 26, 2005 6:36 PM