Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The March of Big Brother: Excellent Post Over at

Last week a former NSA employee revealed another ongoing top-secret surveillance program that might have violated millions, not "just" thousands of Americans' Constitutional rights. Russell D. Tice told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations he has concerns about a "special access" electronic surveillance program that is far broader than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the New York Times. But Tice was unable to describe the plan more fully because he is forbidden by law to reveal such details. For more on this story, click here.

Now comes an excellent, but alarming, post over at Raising Kaine, which summarizes a number of Big Brother endeavors by the Bush administration and its expansive and unilateral redrawing of the Constitution. This includes information that Halliburton subsidiary KBR has been contracted (Jan 2006) to construct 5,000-prisoner detention camps for "illegal immigrants" or the "rapid development of new programs." (See the article at Raising Kaine for relevant links.) In addition a rewriting of a 1977 law forbidding such would permit prisoners of these camps, along with other corrrectional facilities in our nation to serve as civilian labor camps in the service of the US Military. Teddy at Raising Kaine has written what may be the most important blog peice of the week. Kudos.