Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lighten Up Leftists

The Left is once again frothing at the mouth because the NSA is "monitoring" 11 million American citizens' overseas phonecalls. Of course, what USA Today and the left don't tell you is the logistics behind all of this. They just throw out a number (11 million!) and scream about privacy rights being violated. A little perspective from the boys over at PowerLine:
  • This is a "data mining" project that does not involve listening in on conversations, but merely identifying phone numbers involved in possible terrorist communications.
  • ... it's obvious that what the NSA does with this vast amount of data is to run it through computers, looking for suspicious patterns, especially involving known or suspected terrorist phone numbers. I did a quick calculation: assuming that there are 200 million adult Americans, each of whom places or receives ten phone calls a day (a conservative estimate, I think), it would require a small army of 35,000 full-time NSA employees to pay a total of one second of attention to each call. [emphasis added - SCC]
So once again, the mainstream media, in complicity with those on the left of the political spectrum, are attempting to hamstring the US security agencies in a time of war, probably hoping for another terror attack so that they can get a democrat elected. Or does someone have a better explanation?

Read the whole article over at and more commentary at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this what the DOC does?


5/11/2006 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nuke the towelheads, period. 2nd!

5/11/2006 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry SCC, as an independent I can say the republicans r done. I hate the left but they r winning. George Bush has let down the conservatives. Gov't has gotten bigger under GB2. No constitutional ban on gay marriage. Morals as rotten as ever.

GW is not listening to the majority of Americans when we say we don't want guest workers, we want a wall, we want the illegals out, we want felony charges for those who don't leave. He is listening to the 1% of America who is getting richer while the middle class dissappears.

Bush does not have the balls to say it like it is. The conservatives will stay home in Nov unless a new rallying cry brings them out. The left will get the house and senate. Next the White House. The Left will go on a permanent witch hunt along with the media on campaign financing sinking the Right for the next 20 years.

The Right can cry all they want and put up silly numbers. Bush has not delivered and sunk the whole party. The conservatives have been given lip service. They aern't dumb like the left. They know when they have been snowed!!!!

5/11/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Golding said:

The ignorance of SCC! To hope and pray for the demise of a local politician named Daley and defend an undemocratic despot who has taken this country to a fraudulent war. A man who would take away liberties put himself above the law and figures the idiots who support him will continue to support him despite his intolerance. Despite his incompetence. Despite his ineptitude. Penny-wise, Pound foolish. Look to the real enemy. Look to the business failure. Look to the academic nincompoop.

You call for more compensation from the city and disregard that the tax cuts have next to nothing to do with you. You allow the rich to get that much richer and buy the fact that this administration says it's good for you. Are you making ends meet? Are you able to realize a better life style? Are you going to realize a better retirement? You blame the city for the rising cost of health care. The city has little to do with that. Look towards Washington and this megalomaniac president and his minion. Corruption! You want vengeance and hope for the worst for the mayor and then you defend one of the most corrupt criminal organizations to hold office since Nixon.

Have your illogical way. I hope you enjoy watching institutional destruction. The city should not be your worry. Worry about the demise of your country. Worry about the future of your children.

5/11/2006 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Golding said:

Not everyone agrees with SCC, thank heavens. . .

In December 2005, Americans by more than two to one — 65%-31% — said the government shouldn't take steps against terrorism that would violate basic civil liberties.

Even the friendly crowd gathered in Miss., hoping for a glimpse of Pres. Bush, was divided on whether the NSA program was acceptable.

Nearby, Gladys Skinner, 42, a laundress from Gulfport, wasn't so sure. She liked Bush but had qualms about the program. "It's invading people's privacy," she said. "How can we be sure they're not listening?"

Customers' names are not being handed over as part of the program. But the telephone numbers the NSA collects can easily be cross-checked with other databases to obtain that information.

5/11/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Gladys Skinner from Gulfport Miss.
Hey Gladys, the U.S.Government dosen't give a shit what you have to say to Mable, Aunt Bee, Opie, Andy or Barney. So Relax.

If they want to listen to the dribble I talk about on the phone who cares. I just they don't waste my taxpayer money listening to Gladys or me. It would be more efficient to listen to the enemy gather information and then


5/12/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous M. Seiser said...

I've seen their black heliocopters. They can't get to my thoughts while I'm wearing my foil hat.

5/12/2006 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the goverment really has the man power and time to listen in or monitor 10 million Americans conversations.....please....get a gripe..... civil me the violation.....the only real danger to America is from the liberals that refuse to understand that freedom is not free...never has been never will be..........

5/12/2006 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to use words in my conversation when talking on the phone about politics that might make the scrambler go whirrrrrrrrrrrr. Be right back there's a knock at the door.

5/12/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Left, Not Right!

The two party system is on the brink of a second collapse. It’s currently running on spin, anger, revenge, and pots and pots and pots of money.

We’re being governed by paper-mache patriots; brightly painted red, white and blue, but hollow to the core. Both parties have mastered the cynical arts of media manipulation and fund raising. They’ve learned the lessons of Watergate and burn the tapes. They have learned to divide the nation for their own gain. They have demonstrated the willingness to exploit any tragedy for personal advantage. The contempt they have for the American people is without parallel.

But it’s impossible to heal the country until we’re willing to acknowledge the truth no matter how painful. We have to wean ourselves off sugar coated partisan lies.

The system is broken, so broken, it’s almost inevitable it pukes up the Al Gores and George W. Bushes.
Where are the men and women of vision and accomplishment?

5/12/2006 11:10:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

Golding, lay off the pipe. You are reading WAAAAAY to much into a single post and are building strawmen for arguments we haven't even made yet.

5/12/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous the_man_behind_the_curtain said...

Ya, it aint no thang!!!

NSA Whistleblower To Expose More Unlawful Activity: ‘People…Are Going To Be Shocked’

CongressDaily reports that former NSA staffer Russell Tice will testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee next week that not only do employees at the agency believe the activities they are being asked to perform are unlawful, but that what has been disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg. Tice will tell Congress that former NSA head Gen. Michael Hayden, Bush’s nominee to be the next CIA director, oversaw more illegal activity that has yet to be disclosed:

A former intelligence officer for the National Security Agency said Thursday he plans to tell Senate staffers next week that unlawful activity occurred at the agency under the supervision of Gen. Michael Hayden beyond what has been publicly reported, while hinting that it might have involved the illegal use of space-based satellites and systems to spy on U.S. citizens. …

5/12/2006 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Sorry SCC, as an independent I can say the republicans r done. I hate the left but they r winning. George Bush has let down the conservatives. Gov't has gotten bigger under GB2. No constitutional ban on gay marriage. Morals as rotten as ever.


The "Left" isn't winning, they are just not doing as bad as the Republo-fascists

5/12/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON--Agents operating a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program may have inadvertently spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Monday.

See????? It was ALL a big mistake! Sorry.

5/13/2006 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do they do it?

All About NSA's and AT&T's Big Brother Machine, the Narus 6400

Specifically, this equipment was the Narus ST-6400, a machine that was capable of monitoring over 622 Mbits/second in real time in May, 2000, and capturing anything that hits its' semantic (i.e. the meaning of the content) triggers. The latest generation is called NarusInsight, capable of monitoring 10 billion bits of data per second.

-Universal data collection from links, routers, soft switches, IDS/IPS, databases, etc. provides total network view across the world's largest IP networks.

-Normalization, Correlation, Aggregation and Analysis provide a comprehensive and detailed model of user, element, protocol, application and network behaviors, in real time.

-Seven 9s reliability from data collection to data processing and analysis.

-Industry-leading packet processing performance that supports network speeds of up to OC-192 at layer 4 and OC-48 at layer 7, enabling carriers to monitor traffic at either the edge of the network or at the core.

-Unsurpassed and limitless scalability to support the world's largest, most complex IP networks.

-Unparalleled flexibility -- NarusInsight's functionality can easily be configured to meet any specific customer requirement (Narus Software Developer Kit -SDK).

-Unparalleled extensibility -- NarusInsight's functionality can easily be configured to feed a particular activity or IP service such as security, lawful intercept or even Skype detection and blocking.

How powerful is this? OC-192 carries about 10 gigabits of data per second. Ten billion bits per second, monitored in real-time. That is stunning. This is one damned powerful machine, one of the most powerful I've ever heard of in 25 years in IT.

Might not be so hard.... article goes on, but I'm sure SCC is pissed by now.....

5/13/2006 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only fools are the ones that think there is a difference....

Rupert Murdoch Loves Hillary Clinton
Conservative Media Mogul To Host Fundraiser For Liberal N.Y. Senator

(CBS) To call them a political odd couple would be a rash understatement.

Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch will host a fundraiser for liberal New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, the Financial Times reports.

5/13/2006 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Brits have more eyes and ears on them then we do (that we know). While I don't agree with the article's analysis of the usefullness of assault weapons, the overall anslysis is good.

7/7 Reports: You will lose your privacy but next attacks can't be prevented

Official report reveals multiple "failures", raises many questions, calls for heavier police presence in public but Government still will not allow a public inquiry and tells us they can't prevent next attack.

So we have government reports stating that our privacy will be heavily impacted and a greater police presence is needed, but that they cannot prevent the next terror attacks.

No longer are we being told that we must give up liberty for security, we are just simply being told to give up liberty regardless of security.

It is not good enough to say that our liberties need to be restricted because of 7/7 but that we cannot have a public inquiry, and in any case that this will not prevent further attacks. It is also not good enough for the government to investigate itself and conclude that it needs more power and control over the population.

5/13/2006 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More police on the street means more wagons on the street and that means more escape hatches which means more criminals running the street which means a higher crime rate which means even more police etc. etc. etc.

5/13/2006 05:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this only to monitor how do you know whats going on

5/13/2006 12:13:00 PM  

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