Skip to comments.White House refuses to talk about Al Gore’s plan to Wiretap every electronic device in the world
Posted on 01/20/2006 2:18:11 PM PST by Thanatos
From today's WhiteHouse press Briefing:
Q Scott, I have a two-part question. Apparently, no one in the White House will challenge Al Gore with now public information that he led the Clinton administration's Clipper Chip Project back in the 1990s to effectively tap every phone, fax machine and computer in the country. And my question: Isn't that worth pointing out to the American people, after he accused President Bush of breaking the law and violating the Constitution by --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think you just did. This is an administration that is forward-looking, Les. We're focused on the priorities of the American people.
Q Well, how about Gore? You mean you're going to say nothing about Gore and the clipper chip project?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think you already have. No, I'm not going to get into that.
More reading about the Clinton's Administrations Treason:
Wikipedia Clipper Chip
2001: Clinton Administration Considered Sharing National Security Secrets With China, Syria, Pakistan
2000: Out-sourcing Big Brother
1997-2000 Alamo-Girl's Archives of Clinton's "Rogues Gallery"
Clipper Chip info from the Electronic Privacy Information Center
That is the problem with this administration. They don't feel the need to defend themselves against attacks from the left. It has been a mistake not to come out swinging.
That McClellan is so weak. He, the AG- muppet and Andy Card are truely weak.
This may be shameless self-promotion, but....
The media will probably expose this guy too. They didn't like when Talon did this sort of thing.
Effin' whiney "journalists". They ignore basic truths to crucify conservatives with hype and spin.
McClellan is totally ineffective. They would do better putting a robot or a parrot into his job.
Nice article. It ought to be picked up and syndicated.
They don't feel the need to defend themselves against attacks from the left. It has been a mistake not to come out swinging.
A huge mistake. You don't put wimps into a fight with the mean boys...this has hurt us, and the Repub party, even more than most realize. Repubs now have an image of weakness which the Dems will not quit exploiting.
Very bad strategic and tactical decision and posture.
I imagine he didn't want to get into the clipper chip project because they are into the clipper chip project.
Things do move from one administration to the other.
He probably went "oh no I gotta avoid this" when the statement came up.
Sorta like, "Nevermind those punks hitting us in the back of the head with the bat. Just keep looking forward and ignore them!" Scott McClellan is just as much of an wothless idiot as his momma! Has to be genetic!
Les Kinsolving always keeps it entertaining.
I comletely forgot about the Clinton/gore
ClipperChip that would WIRETAP every single
phone line.As opposed to surveiling international
communications between terrorists and their supporters
in the USA.
According to a Google news search, there's only five articles that mention it. WorldNetDaily, followed by mine and three others. We're an AP member, but I haven't heard the phone ring yet.
There is no such thing as a "journalist." It is as made up a profession as "womens studies." I have no academic respect for anyone degreed in either journalism or womens, or ethnic studies. They are reporters. Here is what I'm saying, reporter, write it down. Leave your opinion out. If I want your opinion I'll give it to you.
And it started back when W refused to take the ex-Clintonoids to task for trashing and pilfering the White House and purloining everything not tied down on Air Force One.
Interesting comment and you may be right but if it were true I would suspect the MSM to run with it. They wouldn't hesitate to tar Bush with the program even if it originated with Clinton.
I forgot about it too till I saw that snippet from the press briefing today.. brought back lots of memories!
Scott is just the opposite of his Momma. He won't open his mouth and tell them where they can stick it. She won't shut the he11 up. In fact, that's probably the problem. One Tough Gramma probably dominated him so severely he can't come out of his shell. Seems like a nice guy, but not a good line of work for him, certainly over his head at this level.
Oh, I'd forgotten about this. I hate to say this, but I'm kind of in favor of this. I don't want the terrorists to be able to encrypt transmissions that no one on earth can break, even the NSA.
That is a good editorial! I added it to my blog page. :-P
That's a good point.
I am sure the Bush Admin can hide some things though.
The MSN is good at taking Clinton problems and foisting them off on the Bush Admin.
In fact that seems to be their job, liberals start something (or blow something) and Bush takes over and it is all his fault.
"You don't put wimps into a fight with the mean boys...this has hurt us, and the Repub party, even more than most realize. Repubs now have an image of weakness which the Dems will not quit exploiting."
The fact that there have been no attacks on American soil since 9/11 proves the effectiveness of monitoring communications, with or without a warrant.
One of George Bush's beloved illegal aliens could do a great job and for less
McClellan is such a weak, pathetic, little, little man.
Always has been, but since Bush keeps him in, I guess thats what they want /shrug
There appears to be a lot of hypocrisy on this wiretapping issue. It's been a while but if I recall, Bill Clinton was the one who insisted that his Federal Communications Act (I think 1996) include provisions that would force the telecommunication industry to change their technology to make wiretapping easier. In fact, I think this was one of the bills that Bob Barr led the charge against when he was in congress.
I was thinking more of a potted plant sitting on the podium.
You mean, ". . .the fact that Al Gore REFUSES TO remember his own words and actions. . . " What a JERK!
The internet is exposing how looney most folks in and out of the states really are. It's gotten to be mostly like the mentality of 'small town USA.' Lots of gossip buzzing around without much truth to the buzz whatsoever.
A difference between the Clinton Admin and the Bush Admin is that the Clinton Admin acted like they were in election campaign mode at all times. The Bush Admin does not.
Clipper Chip Bump
"The President's press secretary may be a wonderful person otherwise, but he is a disaster as a press secretary. President Bush does himself a disservice---and does another to the party, and yet another to America---when he declines to defend himself, and employs so ineffectual a spokesman as McClellan as his defender. That man is a fiasco unto himself."
Exactly. He bores me to tears. He lets the likes of that rat-faced liberal, what's his name, David Gregory (from MSNBC) attack him like he's a pinata, and does nothing to strike back. Just stands there and takes it. He is humorless, not quick thinking, and a really really bad choice for a press secretary. If his only "virtue" is that he is close-mouthed, then the Bush Admin totally misses the point of a press secretary, and what qualities that person should bring to the table, like nimbleness of thought, a sense of humor, how to finesse nasty questions and questioners, and how to tout his bosses' party line at the same time. You can still be silent about certain things while having the above qualities also. McClellan has one quality only, being close-mouthed. Not good enough by a longshot.
Bush takes loyalty to an extreme. Anyone with two eyes can see that McClellen is not the man for the job, but Bush, myopically, will choose not to see it or do anything about it, to the detriment of his Admin's goals and the Pub party.
We need Stick Man for press secretary!
McClelland's mother is running as an "independant" in Texas for governor. She is trying to take down the Republican. Maybe it IS a family thing.
You would think that after five years of 'setting a new tone' the administration would get it. It just ain't gonna happen guys.
"West Wing" ratings are cratering, hire C. J. Cregg, or better, her writers off the show. This is getting absurd. Echelon has been in the public since 1988 at the latest. Actually, had Gore not made noise in public about it, Clipper Chip may have quietly become a reality. I strongly suspect other, more troublesome ways have been found to get the same result or the intel people would still be pushing for it. I don't claim to really understand the math, but I'm not willing to put total faith in 128 bit encryption.
My libertarian soul objects, but reality, I have assumed since as early as the drug war runs around the Fourth and Fifth Amendments that any electronic communication could be being overheard. Can't think of much in the way of threats to national security such an effort would have uncovered by listening to me. I guess if I were having an affair with the wife of someone in NSA, I'd stay off the phone about it.
It has always struck me as naive to assume any government with the tech capability to listen would not use it. I guess McClellan is doing what he is told, but Bush really needs to hit back on this.
Let's also not forget that, during Clinton's administration (1999), the FDIC tried to start a "Know-Your-Customer" law by which banks would be required to profile all their customers' checkwriting, deposit and withdrawal patterns without so much as any suspicion of criminal activity by the customer.
Link to Cato Institute's write-up of the 1999 proposed "Know-Your-Customer" law.