May 15, 2006

Well Well...

Orwell.

Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling
"A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

"It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation.

ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.

One former official was asked to sign a document stating he was not a confidential source for New York Times reporter James Risen.

Our reports on the CIA's secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials.

People questioned by the FBI about leaks of intelligence information say the CIA was also disturbed by ABC News reports that revealed the use of CIA predator missiles inside Pakistan.

Under Bush Administration guidelines, it is not considered illegal for the government to keep track of numbers dialed by phone customers.

The official who warned ABC News said there was no indication our phones were being tapped so the content of the conversation could be recorded.

A pattern of phone calls from a reporter, however, could provide valuable clues for leak investigators."


I am just shocked that Brian was surprised. I suggested he and his colleagues rent a copy of All the President's Men and listen to what Deep Throat had to say, and while they are at it to pick up a copy of Kung Fu Hustle which I found thoroughly enjoyable.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Sally Quinn said...

They just don't listen to Ben like they used to over at the Post.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

A true tragedy of what it is happening that the Administration would allow the government to hear our private conversation. I read the article. This certainly nullifies the Gerbil's speech that the government is not "mining" or "trolling." Interesting that I brought u[ Orwell's book as it parallels the current events.

In Orwell's book: The state is called Oceania and is ruled by a group known as the Party; its leader and dictator is Big Brother.

Today: The country called the U.S. and is ruled by the GOP and its leader is the Gerbil!

Orwell's book: The state is under heavy police surveillance.

Today: U.S. is under heavy wiretapping and domestic spying.

Very interesting parallel to Orwell's book enough to be frightening to what is happeing today.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

And that picture of "Red Bull" Cheney does fit the posting as whom we know is really behind the wiretapping and domestic spying....

11:52 AM  
Anonymous t said...

Fitz always posts the extra juicy stuff when I'm away from the computer...Happy Monday!
SPB, I recently re-read 1984 and I really hold this NSA stuff against gerbil and co.
I can only hope the American people get fed up and put their reps on notice that this crap has gone far enough!
What will it take? A million Americans out in the streets demanding it? I worry-because I have seen 300,000 last Sept still not get us a withdrawl plan from Iraq. We lobbying thur and fri against the war-and others (Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan) will be lobbying all this week.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

T:

And you are right! It is up to the American people to get off the pot and take back this country and democracy... Glad you reread 1984. It a good book and yet it is too close to home that it is frightening. I will be waiting for the movie "Vendetta" to come to DVD for rent!!! As that movie parellels to the Gerbil and company.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Fitz ever notice that when things are illegally happening to others must don't care but as soon as it happens to them they care. Look the White House is listening to business that might have trouble so bigger business can buy them out. Also personal stuff to use against other, health, children's activities and everything. Peaches called from overseas you know they we're listening to me and her so I do my usual and ask the easdroppers how's it going and can you hear me yet, can you hear me yet I know your there. All Peaches does is laugh but I told her this is becoming like the KGB/book 1984.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Stossel (John's mom) said...

The White House is in BIG trouble now! I hear ABC News has put John Stossel on the job!

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary. org

Maybe they still have Fitzgerald on video defending the Patriot Act...around May '04, it makes one really stop and think about Mr. Fitzgerald. They speak about FISA, wiretapping, and such matters.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles said...

Bush and Co:
"Spin" .. whatever topic you may choose, they "Spin" so as to look 'faithful' to the Constitution, while doing everything outside the law to assure Americans lose every bit of privacy, civility that has been in existence since 1779.

If A, is to get indicated ToDAY,
they we please, accelerate the PLUS as its a definite MINUS for civil liberties and the American way of life for PLUS and PLUS PLUS to exist any where within the 50 mile radius of the Oval ..

Careful, they're after the Declaration of Independence.. perhaps we should seceed to China...of course, after they bail us out of debt and give us the $ back to defend ourselves after another contrived war w/IRAN.

PJF and TEAM we need A "GO" on the indictments this week --

Yes, the markets will suffer 'some' but then rebound as this is what the American public wants --> imagine what the markets will 'suffer' with the current regime performing their own jiihad on the Constitution!

12:25 PM  
Anonymous e said...

Wayne Masden has some nice thoughts on Dick and Mary...

12:31 PM  
Anonymous 6 Miles said...

I have, for one, not followed all the policies, decisions of Chavez.
However, he may be on to something;
courtesy CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/05/15/britain.chavez/

He is stating publicly, that Bush should be imprisoned for being immoral, causing genocide ... well you get the picture, by an 'international criminal court'.

That's doing the dirty work for Congress, which is fastly reaching its own irrelevance and truly defined 'ineptitude' and graft.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Night Owl said...

"Mrs. Stossel (John's mom) said...
The White House is in BIG trouble now! I hear ABC News has put John Stossel on the job!"


Geez, who is next, Geraldo!!!???

12:46 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

And Chavez is right about the Gerbil, 6 miles. There are some things that I don't agree with Chavez but in the case, he is right. Why should the Gerbil call Chavez an axis of evil when the Gerbil needs to look in the mirror?

From Thinkprogress.org:

David Corn Confronts Rove On Lying About Plame Leak

Full transcript:
CORN: David Corn from “The Nation Magazine” on a different subject. Scott McClellan told the White House press corps, many who are here today, that he had spoken to you and you were not involved in the CIA leak. Can you explain why the American public, almost two and a half years later, hasn’t been given an explanation and don’t you think it deserves one for that misinformation because it does seem you were to some degree, though maybe disputed, involved in that leak?
ROVE: My attorney Mr. Luskin made a statement on April 26th. I refer to you that statement. I have nothing more to add to it. Nice try, though.


Yeah, well, we all know about the sealed indictment for Porkrind. Porkrind needs to enjoy the ride and his last meal of chitlins and hammocks because it is over for him!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Also, from Thinkprogess:

Roll Call reports, “Federal prosecutors are seeking to interview at least nine current or former staffers on the House Intelligence, Appropriations and Armed Services committees as they widen their probe into the bribery scheme involving former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.).”

12:49 PM  
Blogger teak said...

What was on Wayne Madsen's site? It will not link to today's news now, only his news up to May 10th.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

This is too funny! Porkrind is using the one armed bandit defense:

Rove blames Bush's low approval on Iraq
Voters are 'just sour right now on the war'


"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presidential adviser Karl Rove blamed the war in Iraq on Monday for dragging down President Bush's job approval ratings in public opinion polls. "People like this president," Rove said. "They're just sour right now on the war."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/15/rove.ap/index.html

Now, if I am late on a bill, I will send my payment with note saying that it is because of Iraq is why I am late with my bill!!!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

From Talkleft.com:

Monday :: May 15, 2006
Leopold Responds to Corallo's Denial of Fitzgerald - Luskin Meeting

"Last night, I spoke to Jason Leopold on the phone for a half hour or so. Here's what he had to say about Byron York's article stating that Karl Rove's spokesman Mark Corallo told him that Jason's article Saturday reporting sources told him Fitzgerald met with Luskin Friday and told him Rove has been indicted is false.
1. Jason says he spoke with Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun and Gerstein told him Corallo called both York and Gerstein, not the other way around. In other words, Corallo reached out to a few select reporters to debunk Jason's article. Corallo told Gerstein, as he told York, Jason's article reporting Rove has been indicted is a baseless lie. A New York Sun article today reports Carollo's comments to the paper.
2. Before Jason published his article, he left messages with both Corallo and Luskin offering an opportunity to respond. Neither returned his calls.
3. Jason spoke to Corallo twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. The first time they spoke Saturday was after Jason's article was published. Corallo told Jason the article was lies and hung up. As I reported here, I e-mailed with Jason Saturday evening. Jason had provided me with two numbers each for Mark Corallo and Robert Luskin. After my non-conversation with Robert Luskin, I e-mailed Jason that I had also left a message for Corallo at his office, since no one answered at the other number he gave me.
Jason told me last night that after he got this e-mail, he called Corallo at home, which was the first number he had given me. (Interesting aside: Jason called Corallo after 10 pm Virginia time, the time Luskin had told me was inappropriately late to call someone in Washington.) Jason said Corallo answered his call (and was wide awake) and told him his article was false, that it bordered on defamation, that Fitzgerald was not in Washington on Friday and that Luskin was not in his office on Friday.
On Sunday, during their first conversation, Jason says Corallo changed his account from Luskin was not in the office on Friday to Luskin was only not in his office Friday morning. As Jason stated on the radio Sunday (and e-mailed me Saturday night) Fitzgerald arrived at Luskin's office at about 11:30 a.m.
During their second conversation Sunday, Corallo told Jason he wasn't sure that Fitzgerald had not been in D.C. Friday, it was just what he had been told.
4. Josh Gerstein told Jason that after speaking with Corallo he called Russell Samborn, Fitz's media guy, to ask if Fitzgerald had been in D.C. or Chicago Friday. Samborn reportedly said, "No Comment."
5. Jason said he is sure of his sources and he has multiple sources for his article. He continues to maintain there was a meeting at Luskin's office Friday with Fitzgerald that began around 11:30 am and that Fitzgerald gave Luskin a copy of the charges and said Rove had 24 hours (which everyone present understood to be business hours since the courts are closed on the weekend) to get his affairs in order. Jason's sources said the Indictment was already voted on by the grand jury.
6. Jason says he was told the meeting lasted 14 1/2 hours and Rove was present with Secret Service detail. Jason did not ask the sources whether Fitzgerald or Rove was there the whole time. In other words, Rove and his lawyers may have met for hours after Fitzgerald left to discuss an offer from Fitzgerald. Jason believes the offer was ultimately rejected by Rove.
7. Jason does not believe his sources are setting him up. He thinks Corallo is not being truthful with York and Gerstein.
8. Jason thinks the announcement of Rove's indictment will come any time after Tuesday of this week."

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To SPB:

Now, if I am late on a bill, I will send my payment with note saying that it is because of Iraq is why I am late with my bill!!!

YOU CAN ADD GAS PRICES TO THAT NOTE!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Roger Rancourt said...

SPB,

Looks like the typical Zionist neocons like Corralo are flailing in the wind now!

First its "He was catergorically not there."

Then it is "I am not sure...maybe he was there, he could have been there. Ok he was there but there was no meeting."

SOUNDING LIKE JUDY MILLER ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!

Prepare the trumpets. >8-D

1:45 PM  
Anonymous e said...

teak Wayne Masden


May 15, 2006 -- Dick Cheney's snarl about privacy. In 1993, having just written a book on data privacy, this editor was invited to give a talk to business students at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The venue was a small lecture room adjacent to a larger lecture hall. Simultaneous to my talk, Lynne Cheney was speaking to other students in the larger hall next door about "political correctness" on campus -- one of her continuing bugaboos. Following my lecture, I was speaking to some students in the foyer in the lecture building when Dick Cheney, who had accompanied his wife to her lecture, approached me and introduced himself and said he understood I had just given a talk and inquired about the subject. Recalling that the administration of George H. W. Bush, which included Secretary of Defense Cheney, was not a big proponent of privacy, I used the occasion to tell Cheney, "I spoke about privacy and the fact that the United States is severely lagging other industrialized countries, including the newly-freed nations of Eastern Europe, in not passing adequate national privacy legislation." Cheney stared back, sneered with that trademark snarl, and condescendingly replied, "I see."

So now we find that Cheney, in the aftermath of 911, was urging NSA to conduct massive domestic wiretapping and was overruled by NSA attorneys. We also find Cheney's handwritten notes on a copy of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's OP-ED in the New York Times. It was after that Cheney urged a "work up" on Wilson and his CIA covert agent wife. I vividly remember Cheney's snarl at my mention of the constitutional right of privacy in 1993 at a university named for two of Virginia's most famous statesmen-generals. Cheney's presence at W&L then was as much an insult to Washington and Lee as his presence in the White House today is a desecration to every past President and Vice President of the United States.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Anon,

Wasn't that a serious joke from Porkrind... What a lame ass excuse: "it is because Iraq is why the Gerbil's polls is plummeting".. Please.. Hello, WE INVADED A COUNTRY ON FALSE PRETENSES FOR GOODNESS SAKES!!! He must have been snorting the stuff that the Gerbil is snorting when he made that statement! Not only gas prices that you mention... might as well blame global warming...

Roger:

The trumpet will be coming soon. And the Gerbil will be removed!!
First its "He was catergorically not there."

"Then it is "I am not sure...maybe he was there, he could have been there. Ok he was there but there was no meeting." Roger, that was the Giligan's defense: very similar to the Miller and the little soldier's remarks....

1:57 PM  
Anonymous e said...

SPB go to Wayne Masden he has some breaking news on the spying

2:05 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

E;

I just read Wayne Madsen report.. This domestic spying to much bigger thsn people think. I am not surprised thst the journalists are being spyed.. Now, we also, have cell phone users and ISP users that are being spyed on... This is "1984" in the making....

2:15 PM  
Blogger Roger Rancourt said...

Cloak and Dagger

Surprise!!!

I'm not, lets clean out this trash. I've been fighting them physically for some time and thats about all there is in a lawless society.

2:43 PM  
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