The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all

DNI sets up new U.S. intel sharing panel

New U.S. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell has set up a new information chairing panel, his office said this week.

The new body will be called the Information Sharing Steering Committee, or ISSC), and it is intended to change the corporate philosophies of the 16 often competing U.S. intelligence agencies from their traditional

“need to share” philosophy to a more open and cooperative “responsibility to provide” approach, the DNI’s office said in a statement Tuesday.

“The Information Sharing Steering Committee will develop the coordinated position for information sharing activities within the Intelligence Community. The ISSC will work to improve the sharing of information with organizations outside of the Intelligence Community to support efforts to establish the Information Sharing Environment,” the statement said.

Those that are worried that liberals are over reacting when we assert that the president is bound by and should follow well established law in carrying out domestic spying,

The basic legal question here is not new. In 1978, after an extensive investigation of the
privacy violations associated with foreign intelligence surveillance programs, Congress and the
President enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Pub. L. 95-511, 92 Stat.
1783. FISA comprehensively regulates electronic surveillance within the United States, striking
a careful balance between protecting civil liberties and preserving the “vitally important
government purpose” of obtaining valuable intelligence in order to safeguard national security.
S. Rep. No. 95-604, pt. 1, at 9 (1977).

might if they favor spying of any sought that is productive get behind a simpler more organized intelligence community rather then spying on millions of citizens looking for a needle in haystack by 16 different government entities. Now six years after 9-11 we’ll some sought of clearing house so that they might share needles one supposes. An argument that I read today and not completely new is none of this affects your life – all this domestic spying is non-intrusive. A variation on the the people are not and will not be bothered by massive government spying programs as long as they can cash their check and watch the game. That is probably true enough for most people. The slow erosion of civil liberties has never been a hot button issue for most people, especially if those doing it claim to be doing it to save your life ( the Right wouldn’t exploit fear for political gain now would they) – That Bush has even some marginal amount of support over his self assigned right to spy on anyone at his leisure is part of the answer to the question – How could the people let this happen – have we reached the point in our history where the Bill of Rights is simply some quaint old piece of paper. Have we turned that corner where those are our only choices. Trample over laws created by Congress or die. Nothing like having an entire country living in fear while sixteen different agencies set up their massive data mining and of course Bush wouldn’t abuse that power or would he, Prominent Chicago Area Organizations and Social Justice Activists Ask FBI to Make “Spy Files” Public

Media reports from this past summer, for example, demonstrate that FBI agents in a number of states made a concerted effort to conduct surveillance on and interrogate activists who planned to stage peaceful demonstrations at the Democrat and Republican national conventions. The announcement in Chicago today is part of a national effort, spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union, to shed light on the breadth and reach of these surveillance activities by the FBI. National organizations participating in the effort include the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Greenpeace, the American Indian Movement, and Catholic Peace Ministries.

[ ]..In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft relaxed long-standing guidelines that prohibited the FBI from spying on political or religious organizations without an adequate reason for such an investigation. These guidelines were developed as a result of a troubling history of spying abuse by the agency. During the 1950s, for example, the FBI supplied Senator Joseph McCarthy with information about individuals – some of which was used to ruin the careers of innocent persons. In the 1960s, the FBI engaged in a campaign to smear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. using surveillance and spying. After a Senate investigation in the 1970s revealed these abuses – along with details about spying on anti-Vietnam War groups – the Justice Department developed and implemented guidelines designed to curb such abuses in the future.

It is just something about human nature and those with unrestrained power. If they have the power without proper oversight they will abuse it. What record exactly have conservatives established since the days of Watergate that would give a rational informed citizen any reason to believe that they can be trusted in matters of domestic security and civil liberties. Iran – Contra? Condoleezza Rice swearing they had no actionable information prior to 9-11 to prevent those attacks?
Data Mining for Terrorists

All data mining systems fail in two different ways: false positives and false negatives. A false positive is when the system identifies a terrorist plot that really isn’t one. A false negative is when the system misses an actual terrorist plot. Depending on how you “tune” your detection algorithms, you can err on one side or the other: you can increase the number of false positives to ensure that you are less likely to miss an actual terrorist plot, or you can reduce the number of false positives at the expense of missing terrorist plots.

To reduce both those numbers, you need a well-defined profile. And that’s a problem when it comes to terrorism. In hindsight, it was really easy to connect the 9/11 dots and point to the warning signs, but it’s much harder before the fact.

One thing we can always count on from the broadcast media in particular is the newest right-wing myth about a Democrat being echoed like good little lap dogs, Blitzer’s suggestion that Obama “cash[ed] in” on stock deal proved wrong by CNN’s own report

The New York Times reported on March 7 that Obama’s broker purchased the stock in early 2005 as part of a blind trust and quoted an Obama spokesman claiming that the presidential hopeful “did not know that he had invested in either company until fall 2005, when he learned of it and decided to sell the stocks. He sold them at a net loss of $13,000.”

Video: Congratulations to Glenn Beck (also at CNN) for admitting that he is sick, Beck: A “sick part of me … would just love to see” Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond related. Why did Beck’s tiny little brain decide that it really needed to have this bizarre conversation with Sharpton who told Beck, “Well, at least you said it was a sick part of you, and I understand that — may you be healed one day, Glenn.”

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy