Saturday, October 13, 2007
White House Initiated Widespread Spying by Telecommunications Before 9/11
The Washington Post front-pages a story of withdrawn "contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate" in illegal eavesdropping and in the process chillingly reports that Bush had been asking phone companies to snoop on Americans even before 9/11.
The trial transcripts of former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio of Qwest definitively disclose that Bush was gaming to trample on the constitution nearly from the moment he meaningless swore on a Bible to uphold it.
Folks, invite the Feb. 27, 2001 date to seep into your cognitive mind and into the the cozy cranial nerves of your brain.
The newly released court documents say that, on Feb. 27, 2001, Nacchio and James Payne, then Qwest's senior vice president of government systems, met with NSA officials at Fort Meade, expecting to discuss "Groundbreaker," a project to outsource the NSA's non-mission-critical systems.
The men came out of the meeting "with optimism about the prospect for 2001 revenue from NSA," according to an April 9, 2007, court filing by Nacchio's lawyers that was disclosed this week.
But the filing also claims that Nacchio "refused" to participate in some unidentified program or activity because it was possibly illegal and that the NSA later "expressed disappointment" about Qwest's decision.
All that business about how everything changed after 9/11??? Forget about it; just more lies to advance the preemptive illegal thuggery that had been on the neocon drawing board for years. Now try to act as if you're surprised.