Wednesday, December 28, 2005

0 for Four

Why am I not surprised? Four years, zero results. Abuse our rights and then have nothing to show for it but a smirk.

U.S. law enforcement sources said that more than four years of surveillance by the National Security Agency has failed to capture any high-level al Qaeda operative in the United States. They said al Qaeda insurgents have long stopped using the phones and even computers to relay messages. Instead, they employ couriers.

"They have been way ahead of us in communications security," a law enforcement source said. "At most, we have caught some riff-raff. But the heavies remain free and we believe some of them are in the United States."

Several members of Congress have been briefed on the effectiveness of the government surveillance program that does not require a court order.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, who was briefed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the matter, said he plans to hold hearings on the program by February 2006.

"There may be legislation which will come out of it [hearings] to restrict the president's power," Mr. Specter said.

The law enforcement sources said the intelligence community has identified several al Qaeda agents believed to be in the United States. But the sources said the agents have not been found because of insufficient intelligence and even poor analysis.

Okay, let me get this straight. Insufficient intelligence (in more ways than one), poor analysis (if the only tool you have is a hammer, the world looks like a nail), FEMA is so incompetent we are still finding new ways they dropped the ball, the Department of Homeland Security isn't, foreclosures are up, the Christmas retail season was not that helpful to retailers, new home starts are down and the Constitution is just a piece of paper and Elton John got married without the world coming to an end.

Have I missed anything?

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