According to the Seattle Times, the Bush administration has been doing exactly what everyone suspected — tapping all of our phones and data. If you are too much of a nit wit to recognize sarcasm, the title of this post is supposed to be a joke, but the subject certainly is not.
[T]he NSA set up a system that vacuumed up Internet and phone-call data from ordinary Americans with the help of AT&T and without obtaining a court order. Contrary to the government’s depiction of its surveillance program as aimed at overseas terrorists, Klein said, much of the data sent through AT&T to the NSA was purely domestic. Klein said he thinks the NSA was analyzing the records for usage patterns and for content.
He said the NSA built a special room in San Francisco to receive data streamed through an AT&T Internet room containing “peering links,” or major connections to other telecom providers. Other so-called secret rooms reportedly were constructed at AT&T sites in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, Calif.
Klein’s documents and his account form the basis of one of the first lawsuits filed against the telecom companies after the government’s warrantless-surveillance program was disclosed by The New York Times in December 2005. (source)
It’s official. We lost the war on terror. The land of the free and home of the brave is Orwell’s nightmare inhabited by mewling cowards who let it all happen because a tit-fed redneck who fucked up every single thing he’s ever been handed stuttered “terrorism” enough times that you all believed it.