The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You …

hat tip to ThinkProgress

It is Buzz Windrip‘s dream come true, the wet dream of Tricky Dick Nixon, the paranoid fantasy of a thousand “libertarian” science fiction writers, right-wing columnists, lefty conspiracy theorists, and now it’s come true: We ARE living in a Philip K. Dick novel.

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. to Expand Domestic Use Of Spy Satellites
August 15, 2007; Page A1

The U.S.’s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation’s vast network of spy satellites in the U.S.

The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.’s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials. The move was authorized in a May 25 memo sent to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asking his department to facilitate access to the spy network on behalf of civilian agencies and law enforcement.

Until now, only a handful of federal civilian agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey, have had access to the most basic spy-satellite imagery, and only for the purpose of scientific and environmental study… [MORE]

But wait! (As they say) there’s MORE!!

Plans to provide DHS with significantly expanded access have been on the drawing board for over two years. The idea was first talked about as a possibility by the Central Intelligence Agency after 9/11 as a way to help better secure the country. “It is an idea whose time has arrived,” says Charles Allen, the DHS’s chief intelligence officer, who will be in charge of the new program. DHS officials say the program has been granted a budget by Congress and has the approval of the relevant committees in both chambers.

Wiretap Legislation

Coming on the back of legislation that upgraded the administration’s ability to wiretap terrorist suspects without warrants, the development is likely to heat up debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security.

Access to the satellite surveillance will be controlled by a new Homeland Security branch — the National Applications Office — which will be up and running in October.

Debate? What fucking DEBATE?!!?! Civil liberties? What fucking CIVIL LIBERTIES??!?

I remember writing in 1986 or ’87 (or trying to write, since nobody would publish my political stuff. SEX stuff, sure, but important political stuff? Naw.) when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that you had NO right to privacy in the airspace above your home, that they’d opened the door to spy satellite surveillance on U.S. Citizens. This was, naturally, considered the wildest form of Leftie Paranoid Conspiracy Theory Wackiness.

Well, kiddies, here you are.

In a related story, the White House will be authoring the “surge” report in September. They’re not even TRYING to hide the lying, the enabling acts, the arrogation of power, the illegal wiretaps, warrantless searches, gag orders, etc. etc. etc.

In such a climate, it is insane and dangerous for me to write about politics, or to put my neck on the line for the likes of you. Because, frankly, I don’t love you that much.

So, to paraphrase Chief Joseph at the end of the Nez Percé War:

Hear me, my readers, I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will blog no more forever.

I’m ready for the boat to Leavenworth now, General Miles.



© 2007 Hart Williams. Cross-posted from Zug - Hart Williams' Blog
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Skiing Uphill and Boregasm, Zug was 'the little blog that could.'

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6 Responses to The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You …

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Well I’ve seen your political stuff, so I can only assume that you must be a goddamned virtuoso at the sex stuff.

    Can we get a sample some time?

    (I’ll definitely put domestic surveillance issues on the agenda for the Constitutional Convention.)

  2. Darrell: All right, here are some pieces from OUI, from Velvet, from Adult Cinema Review, The Hollywood Press, Video X and Adam. “And the Goths & the Visigoths” is political, so I’d avoid it were I you. The remainder are short stories, columns and ephemera.

    ADULTS only, please. (Besides, there ain’t no pictures, so you youngsters will be disappointed, anyways.)

  3. Ummm… Boys… 🙄

  4. Sorry to disappoint, but the link is not what you seem to disapprove of as either juvenile, or perhaps gross/grotesque.

    I was asked a serious question, or, at least, so I thought. But I answered it seriously, which, had you clicked the link, you’d have seen.

    I spent a lot of serious time trying to improve a bad place, rather than sitting in heaven, polishing my halo with all the angels. I’m sure y’all got the better end of the deal, but I did manage to make some things better.

    Now, to shift gears: I have appreciated the time I spent here, have appreciated reading and conversing with all of you, and I would especially like to thank you, Pamela, for inviting me to join the team, last spring. TDD team: May the road rise up to meet you, etc. and “Whale Meat Again.”

    And with that, I take my leave. In the immortal words of Douglas Adams: ‘So long and thanks for all the fish.’ 🙂

  5. Hart

    Just joking with you both not criticizing. Sorry you miss understood that.

  6. Darrell Prows says:

    After reading that, I can tell that I need to try to get in to sex some time. It would give me something else to write about.