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A View of Intelligence Oversight…

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

From the Inside.

There has been a fracas lately about certain types of Intelligence gathering and it’s applied use and legality as of late. This disturbance comes from a law in the 1970’s and Reagan Presidential Orders collectively known as Intelligence Oversight.

Back in the late seventies and early eighties it became apparent to our government that there were no safeguards in place against an extreme government elected by the people from spying on their domestic enemies. So they enacted a series of laws and executive orders that culminated in these rules. Everyone on the intelligence field is taught these rules almost from day one, and we are well versed in them.

These rules are *:
Federal Intelligence Agencies may collect domestic intelligence for training and informational purposes. They however cannot, act on that intelligence without a court order or release that intelligence to other agencies without a warrant if either permission is not granted by the subject or there is no warrant and the subject is a U.S. Person.

That last part is clear and the most important. We may not collect and then disseminate intelligence against a U.S. Person (defined as a Citizen, or Legal Permanent U.S. Resident). Intelligence collection restrictions only apply to U.S. Persons. Period.
Anything else is legally and, for the most part, morally fair game.

Anything that is collected incidentally that does not fit these parameters can be held for up to three months, again for training purposes, and then must be destroyed.

So what does this all mean? Well for one, collecting the information that the President authorized is not illegal. U.S. Persons were not the subject, it required an offshore connection, so it was not subject to oversight anyway, and it was done in the defense of our nation during war.

Could, or even should the President have done it differently? Hindsight is always 20/20 and I am sure there may be better ways brought up over the next few days, but I do believe the President acted well within his powers when he authorized what ever he authorized. I get a feeling that many members of congress agree, given that they were briefed 12 times at least, and no one voiced an objection until now, when it is politically advantageous in their minds. They know that political advantage does not require facts, but only conjecture. Partisan politics playing with our welfare once again.

(* the condensed version as the real version is filled with legal speak and too long to reproduce here.)

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Well, We Asked For Mr. Bush to Get Out Front on Iraq

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

Last night a speech from the Oval Office, after multiple speeches since 11/11. Now a press conference, beginning at 9:30 AM. Not quite a political version of Shock and Awe, but close, very close.
Update: 10:30 AM CST
A dozen times Democrats in Congress were consulted on the Detect and Intercept program. Twelve times! And not a peep from them until The New York Times dropped the story in front of us on the day The Patriot Act went down in defeat.

As the President said, I want the Senators from New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to go home and tell those people why they are safer with the Patriot Act no longer in effect. Go tell the folks in the World Trade Towers why they’re safer now…oh wait. Guess the Senators can’t do that last one, now can they?

Update II 5:00 PM CST
If you’d like to see the President’s press conference, go here.
And, for the President’s speech last night, go here.

Great, great stuff. And its about time too.
My favorite part of last night’s speech was this:

I also want to speak to those of you who did not support my decision to send troops to Iraq: I have heard your disagreement, and I know how deeply it is felt. Yet now there are only two options before our country — victory or defeat. And the need for victory is larger than any president or political party, because the security of our people is in the balance. I don’t expect you to support everything I do, but tonight I have a request: Do not give in to despair, and do not give up on this fight for freedom.

So far, no one from the Defeatocrat party or their willing allies in the MSM appear to have heard that last paragraph. Maybe they heard this one, from his news conference this morning:

The terrorists want to strike America again, and they hope to inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. Congress has a responsibility to give our law enforcement and intelligence officials the tools they need to protect the American people. The senators who are filibustering the Patriot Act must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.

Probably not. Guess its time for the President to turn up the volume yet again. Looks like he’s about to.

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A View of Intelligence Oversight…

Posted by zaphriel on December 19, 2005

From the Inside.

There has been a fracas lately about certain types of Intelligence gathering and it’s applied use and legality as of late. This disturbance comes from a law in the 1970’s and Reagan Presidential Orders collectively known as Intelligence Oversight.

Back in the late seventies and early eighties it became apparent to our government that there were no safeguards in place against an extreme government elected by the people from spying on their domestic enemies. So they enacted a series of laws and executive orders that culminated in these rules. Everyone on the intelligence field is taught these rules almost from day one, and we are well versed in them.

These rules are *:
Federal Intelligence Agencies may collect domestic intelligence for training and informational purposes. They however cannot, act on that intelligence without a court order or release that intelligence to other agencies without a warrant if either permission is not granted by the subject or there is no warrant and the subject is a U.S. Person.

That last part is clear and the most important. We may not collect and then disseminate intelligence against a U.S. Person (defined as a Citizen, or Legal Permanent U.S. Resident). Intelligence collection restrictions only apply to U.S. Persons. Period.
Anything else is legally and, for the most part, morally fair game.

Anything that is collected incidentally that does not fit these parameters can be held for up to three months, again for training purposes, and then must be destroyed.

So what does this all mean? Well for one, collecting the information that the President authorized is not illegal. U.S. Persons were not the subject, it required an offshore connection, so it was not subject to oversight anyway, and it was done in the defense of our nation during war.

Could, or even should the President have done it differently? Hindsight is always 20/20 and I am sure there may be better ways brought up over the next few days, but I do believe the President acted well within his powers when he authorized what ever he authorized. I get a feeling that many members of congress agree, given that they were briefed 12 times at least, and no one voiced an objection until now, when it is politically advantageous in their minds. They know that political advantage does not require facts, but only conjecture. Partisan politics playing with our welfare once again.

(* the condensed version as the real version is filled with legal speak and too long to reproduce here.)

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The Evolution of Zaphriel (In Images)

Posted by zaphriel on December 19, 2005

Get Paid By Zaphriel
see below

Zaphriel started as an Idea. I am a big comic book fan, and like most comic book fans sometimes I come up with my own superheroes. Then I started writing a blog about 9 months ago, and I wanted to use a name that was unique so I used my first characters name, Zaphriel, an angelic name meaning “God’s Spy”, and I worked from there. At first I came up with this logo.

And then I used Hero Maker to come up with this image.

And South Park Character Maker for this cartoonish image.

Later I contacted a few artists, and they came up with some creative versions themselves, but not all of them followed through… this one is still in progress…

And then Kathleen was the one that finally followed through with this one. She did such a great job… I look forward to her next rendering.

If you want to take a crack at it, please feel free, I will pay up to $50 on paypal to anyone who successfully renders Zaphriel in a new and unique way. Contact Me (Zaphriel at gmail dot com) for the Image parameters.

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Zaphriel – The Regret – Part 2

Posted by zaphriel on December 19, 2005

read part 1 here.
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They were together now, talking in hushed tones. I don’t want to get too close, I might miss something, but all I am getting from here are flashes and whispers like pollen carried on the wind, wisping every now and again in my direction. They are very excited, near bursting trying to contain it. All I can feel are flashes. Very confusing, humans sometimes are hard to understand.

Are we ready? … When is the feast? … Be patient. … Father will be pleased. … Glory will be ours …

Those were their words but their thoughts were completely different. A mix of grand illusions, fire, despair, regret, fear. I could see pictures not of the loved ones they spoke of but of Leader figures. Men with guns. And …

What I’ve been looking for, I caught a flash of a devise, a picture of one of them pressing a button – Fuzzy, like what you call a dream – not nearly as vivid, but an item of great importance. I have to concentrate now… it was the young one, the one they call Boukra but who calls himself Damis, or, as he likes to be called here, Damian. They have all taken different names here.

I must follow him. – He is now my target. Damian, I believe, is the key.

What is that? – A familiar sense. – Who else is watching? – Wann! I can feel him. That ugly shadow demon, why is he here? Who sent him, he’s not smart enough to work alone. Thank the maker for making me insensible to those of the dark realm. He’ll never know I am here. I will find out why he was here later, for now I must follow Damian.

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Well, We Asked For Mr. Bush to Get Out Front on Iraq

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

Last night a speech from the Oval Office, after multiple speeches since 11/11. Now a press conference, beginning at 9:30 AM. Not quite a political version of Shock and Awe, but close, very close.
Update: 10:30 AM CST
A dozen times Democrats in Congress were consulted on the Detect and Intercept program. Twelve times! And not a peep from them until The New York Times dropped the story in front of us on the day The Patriot Act went down in defeat.

As the President said, I want the Senators from New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to go home and tell those people why they are safer with the Patriot Act no longer in effect. Go tell the folks in the World Trade Towers why they’re safer now…oh wait. Guess the Senators can’t do that last one, now can they?

Update II 5:00 PM CST
If you’d like to see the President’s press conference, go here.
And, for the President’s speech last night, go here.

Great, great stuff. And its about time too.
My favorite part of last night’s speech was this:

I also want to speak to those of you who did not support my decision to send troops to Iraq: I have heard your disagreement, and I know how deeply it is felt. Yet now there are only two options before our country — victory or defeat. And the need for victory is larger than any president or political party, because the security of our people is in the balance. I don’t expect you to support everything I do, but tonight I have a request: Do not give in to despair, and do not give up on this fight for freedom.

So far, no one from the Defeatocrat party or their willing allies in the MSM appear to have heard that last paragraph. Maybe they heard this one, from his news conference this morning:

The terrorists want to strike America again, and they hope to inflict even greater damage than they did on September the 11th. Congress has a responsibility to give our law enforcement and intelligence officials the tools they need to protect the American people. The senators who are filibustering the Patriot Act must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.

Probably not. Guess its time for the President to turn up the volume yet again. Looks like he’s about to.

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The Leftward Tilt of Media in the United States

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

It’s highly unlikely this study will get much play in the MSM. Considering its findings, that should come as no surprise.

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A Review of the President’s Speech.

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

crossposted at Battle Born News

The President told the Nation from the Oval Office exactly what I have felt he needed to tell us for quite a while. We are winning the war in Iraq, and premature withdrawal will only lead to defeat.

He touched on many things that I want to touch on myself.

Regardless of what we thought when we invaded, it ultimately was Saddam’s choice. He had an ultimatum, and instead of complying, he played a shell game. Given the information we had at the time, that was concurrently being stoked my Saddam himself, we had to act. The war now however has transcended its original purpose. We are at war with terrorists, as we are in Afghanistan, and all over the world.

Terrorists have shown us time and again that they will not simply leave us alone if we leave them alone, no matter how badly we wish it to be true. Sticking our heads in the sand will not work. Terrorists don’t need to be provoked, and we only embolden them and strengthen them by ignoring them. Iraq, now, is part of the large Global War on Terror, and we fight the terrorists there, and elsewhere, so we do not have to fight them here. If we pullout before we have achieved victory, we only invite them to attack us at home.

This war has been difficult. Is any war easy? Just because something is difficult does not mean it is not worthy, nor does it mean we are failing at it. We must keep our sights on victory.

The President did a good job defining Victory, in terms that we all can understand. Iraq must become Secure, Democratic, and Stable. All of these things we are making great headway towards. Can a better job be done? There is always room for improvement in all we do, but being a defeatist does not help us through these difficult situations. We are winning. Early pullout would only undo all we have accomplished over the last three years, and in the end Terrorism would only be stronger and more effective. We must move on from where we are now, and I am glad the President finally said so.

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A Review of the President’s Speech.

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

crossposted at Battle Born News

The President told the Nation from the Oval Office exactly what I have felt he needed to tell us for quite a while. We are winning the war in Iraq, and premature withdrawal will only lead to defeat.

He touched on many things that I want to touch on myself.

Regardless of what we thought when we invaded, it ultimately was Saddam’s choice. He had an ultimatum, and instead of complying, he played a shell game. Given the information we had at the time, that was concurrently being stoked my Saddam himself, we had to act. The war now however has transcended its original purpose. We are at war with terrorists, as we are in Afghanistan, and all over the world.

Terrorists have shown us time and again that they will not simply leave us alone if we leave them alone, no matter how badly we wish it to be true. Sticking our heads in the sand will not work. Terrorists don’t need to be provoked, and we only embolden them and strengthen them by ignoring them. Iraq, now, is part of the large Global War on Terror, and we fight the terrorists there, and elsewhere, so we do not have to fight them here. If we pullout before we have achieved victory, we only invite them to attack us at home.

This war has been difficult. Is any war easy? Just because something is difficult does not mean it is not worthy, nor does it mean we are failing at it. We must keep our sights on victory.

The President did a good job defining Victory, in terms that we all can understand. Iraq must become Secure, Democratic, and Stable. All of these things we are making great headway towards. Can a better job be done? There is always room for improvement in all we do, but being a defeatist does not help us through these difficult situations. We are winning. Early pullout would only undo all we have accomplished over the last three years, and in the end Terrorism would only be stronger and more effective. We must move on from where we are now, and I am glad the President finally said so.

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Victory or Defeat, Patience, An End to Defeatism

Posted by Mark on December 19, 2005

Did I miss anything? I don’t think so. Now, about a dozen more of these kinds of speeches over the next year and maybe, just maybe the Defeatocrats will shut up.

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