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Monday, May 15, 2006

Monitoring the Bush Administrations use of "Monitoring"

The Bush administration's utter contempt for the truth is revealed when they lie when a technically true statement would have served their purposes almost as well. For example, White House spokesman Trent Duffy lied about NSA domestic spying "This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner,".

In fact, the NSA was monitoring all telephone calls. They were not intercepting all calls, since, for most calls the monitoring consisted only of recording the number called and the duration of the call. Thus Duffy (and many more prominent others) lied when a careful choice of words would have created the same false impression without a lie.

In particular "monitor" sounds less threatening than "intercept" or "eavesdrop" so they denied monitoring, which was taking place. This shows that they haven't noticed that the intelligence community is leaking like a sieve. It also shows an extreme short term bias. Finally it shows complete contempt for the true, but we knew that.

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