John Aravosis of AmericaBlog has a very alarming post up right now regarding the electronic surveillance the Bush Administration has been conducting. Basically, if the government can monitor communications between the US and a "terrorist state," they then claim the right to do the same with the US-based persons calls to others. And their calls to others. And so on, wash, rinse, repeat.
I happen to have a family member who is from Iran. So, if he calls his family, and the government taps him, they then claim the right to tap him when he calls me. And if you've talked to me, they can tap you. Doesn't seem very American, does it? But don't worry, they tell us. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. You can trust the Bush Administration. . . Oh, and I have emailed John Aravosis too.
If you've ever emailed me, the government has the right to your email records
TPMmuckraker asks the following question today: "Quick, has anyone you know emailed anyone who's called Pakistan lately?"
The question reflects the Bush administration's new standard for permitting the federal government to illegally spy on your phone records. If you have been in contact with Party X, and Party X has been in contact with Party Y, and Party Y has contacted anyone in Pakistan, then any conversations, email or phone or otherwise, that you've had with Party X can be turned over to the government by our friendly phone companies in violation of federal law. . .
Read on at: AmericaBlog.com