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Sunday, November 06, 2005

 

Sunday Morning Soliloquies


Invasion of Privacy - Who Will Monitor the Monitors ?

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Barton Gellman's report in the Washington Post, "The FBI's Secret Scrutiny" exposes the dark side of the Patriot Act. Mr. Gellman specifically covered one disturbing element of the act--National Security Letter--which is fraught with potential for abuse. Excerpts:
Shades of McCarthy era ? Yes. Incidentally, the film "Good Night and Good Luck" (currently in local theatres) about the late Edward Murrow of CBS and his brave battle against Senator Joseph McCarthy of the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee ought to be viewed by all who are interested in the abuses that took place under HUAC. Directed by George Clooney (he also acted in the role of Fred Friendly), David Strathairn is superb as Edward Murrow.

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President left Mar del Plata with empty hands
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No deal on Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). According to the BBC, the president said: "It's not easy to host all these countries. It's particularly not easy to host - perhaps - me." He said that as a joke but put his finger on the reason for the participants' failure to reach accord. He is not widely believed in Latin America, he is not liked in Latin America. Who can blame them. Based on records, how many Americans would buy an used car from him ?

See Dan Molinski's report in the Washington Post.
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Britain's former ambassador to the U.S. speaks out
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November 5th issue of The Guardian,UK, contains an interview with Sir Christopher Meyer who served as Britain's ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003. Sir Christopher is more critical of Tony Blair than of George Bush about their roles in the war against Iraq. " He takes issue with the prime minister's claim that the war has not exposed Britain to terrorist attacks: "There is plenty of evidence around at the moment that home-grown terrorism was partly radicalised and fuelled by what is going on in Iraq. There is no way we can credibly get up and say it has nothing to do with it. Don't tell me that being in Iraq has got nothing to do with it. Of course it does."
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Comments:
No, indeed it is not easy to host Mr. Bush. What a comedian he is.
He is not a capable leader and does not have the skills for diplomacy. SO-This does not surprise us, does it?
Thank you so much for posting this bit on the PATRIOT ACT. I need to get more up to speed with this particular area (letters) . The fact that the process is not reviewed leaves it of course way open for abuse but what else is new.
 
On November 7th, Kwame Holman of NewsHour (PBS) did an excellent follow up of the Washington Post article by interviewing Barton Gellman, author of "The FBI's Secret Scrutiny". Transcript of the interview has not yet been posted on the web site of PBS, but it is possible to listen to audio of the interview.
 
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