Gentle readers of SWNID, being thinkers, naturally also regularly read The American Thinker. But to be sure you don't miss this one: a story noting the NY Times's very positive take on the "Echelon" domestic surveillance program during the Clinton administration.
What's noteworthy about Echelon is that it screens nearly all emails and phone calls made in the United States. The super-duper computer that operates Echelon combs those messages for key phrases, (e.g., "Danny really bombed last night") and then kicks out suspicious stuff for further analysis.
Gentle readers will note that such a program was much more intrusive than anything that the Bush administration is accused of doing. They should note as well that it was put to nefarious political purposes by St. Hillary and her randy husband. The Thinker notes that insiders blew the whistle on the sharing of information from Echelon with corporate donors for use against competitors.
Gentle readers will also remember that the Republicans are the party of big business and the Democrats are the party of the little guy.
Having previously noted the existence of this program under Clinton, SWNID says again that Congress has been woefully negligent in not passing statutes to define what constitutes proper and improper use of Echelon and similar spying technology. The War on Islamo-Fascism makes this all the more imperative.
Of course, the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings make clear why the Congress doesn't do its job. Congress's job is now to posture before cameras. Governing is the job of the Supreme Court and the MSM.