Skip to comments.What “warrantless wiretapping” hath wrought
Posted on 07/12/2008 9:25:45 PM PDT by newbie2008
Great post at Protein Wisdom pointing out the contrast between the rhetoric of domestic spying and the reality of FISAthat tapped phones on international calls can save lives, stop terrorists, and rescue hostages:
The stunning rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors owed its success not just to artful deception, but also to a five-year U.S.-Colombian operation that choked their captors ability to communicate.
Known as Alliance, it began with a satellite phone call in 2003, just weeks after the Americans surveillance plane crashed in the southern Colombian jungle, according to U.S. and Colombian investigators and court documents.
The call came from Nancy Conde, the regional finance and supply chief for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, whose boyfriend would become the American hostages jailer. She was calling confederates in Miami to see if they could supply the rebels with some satellite phones.
What Conde didnt know was that state security agents were listening.
Now, the article isnt clear on exactly which states security agents were listening, though by the wording of the article I suspect it was Colombias. What is clear is an amazing intel coup in which the FBI turned Condes contacts in Miami and got them to sell the rebels tapped phones.
Which led, eventually, to the hostages being freed.
Again, not directly applicable to FISA, unless one of the FARC members placed a call on one of those tapped phones into the United States
to another member of a hidden terror cell or to one of their contacts.
This won’t win over any liberals. They’re all on FARC’s side.
Leahy and Conyers will add another count to their impeachment list over this.
Leahy and Conyers will add another count to their impeachment list over this.”
yes, and talk about a Major Barf Alert - on cspan2/book tv at 3:15 central, vincent bugliosi is speaking on his book “The Prosecution of GW Bush for Murder”. Think I’d even heard months ago that they were making a movie out of it.
Shame on you, Vincent Bugliosi.