As the telcos immunity games continue to roll along, the Bush administration has apparently decided to change course…instead of using the usual deceptions, lies and fear-mongering, they’ve reportedly moved on to deciding that it’s time people in the United States changed their definition of privacy…so said a top ‘intelligence’ official in a comment made during a recent speech (PDF).
Donald Kerr, Deputy Director of National Intelligence, thinks privacy can no longer mean anonymity and that government and businesses should properly safeguard people’s private communications and financial information. (Mike McConnell is the Director of National Intelligence, and he has a bad habit of lying to Congress under oath and using scare tactics to try to coerce submission).
Kerr’s epiphany comes while Congress takes a second look at renewing a hastily changed extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, while the debate over the contentious issue regarding retroactive immunity for telecoms involved in civil lawsuits for their aiding the government rages on.
President Bush has promised to veto any bill that doesn’t grant immunity to the telcos and everyone else involved in the governments inept, illegal data-mining operations. The current extension will expire on February 1, 2008.