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Kondrake: Qwest is Helping Terrorists; Constitution is Not a Suicide Pact

Reported by Janie - May 18, 2006

Last night (5/17) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", Hume and the All Star Panel shilled for their corporate masters once again, as they all claimed the USA Today article disclosing the NSA data mining program was untrue, based solely on the fact that Verizon has denied the accusations. During the All Star Panel on the subject of the NSA disclosure, regular guest Mort Kondrake took the time to claim that Qwest (who declined to divulge customer information without a legal warrant) was aiding the terrorists, and that the Constitution should be ignored during the War on Terror, because it's not a "suicide pact".

The topic originally arose during Hume's Two Minutes of Hate (AKA "Grapevine") where he introduced the idea that the article was inaccurate, merely because of a denial issued by Verizon.

"USA Today now says it will take a close look at its story on a National Security Agency database of domestic phone records after two phone companies issued categorical denials of two central points.

The paper had reported that BellSouth, Verizon, and AT&T voluntarily turned over massive amounts of information to the NSA and did so under terms of contracts they signed with the agency. But BellSouth and Verizon have since categorically denied both of those claims.

USA Today now speculates that the agency may have obtained the companies' records from other carriers and notes that Verizon's denial doesn't include its long distance carrier MCI, purchased in January."

Hume actually contradicts himself, when at the beginning of the All Star Panel he actually bothers to read the statement from USA Today, which does not say what Hume is claiming.

Steve Anderson, the Director of Communications for USA Today said, "We will continue to investigate and pursue the story. We're confident in our coverage of the phone database story. We will look closely into the issues raised by BellSouth and Verizon statements."

The All Star panel seemed to all agree with Hume, that the story must be false since Verizon and BellSouth have denied their participation. Fred Barnes summed up the panel's stance when he said, "I don't know how they can say they still have great confidence in their story, and their reporting on this, because they shouldn't have it. They probably should have waited."

What all of these "All Stars" (a misnomer if I've ever heard one) neglected to mention was the revelation yesterday that these Telcos may be lying about their involvement. In fact, the Bush Administration issued an Executive Order on May 5th actually making it legal for these Telco companies to lie about their involvement in the name of national security, therefore taking away their liability with the SEC.

Yet the most interesting comment of all came from Mort Kondrake, who seemed outraged that anyone would be demanding accountability and that both the Telco companies and the Bush Administration follow the law. Kondrake had this to say:

"...And in the beginning Qwest, this other company, to its discredit, said it wasn't cooperating with the NSA. And that it specifically decided not to cooperate. Now, you know, if we're fighting a war on terrorism, you'd think that the telephone companies would want to cooperate, and I would hope they would be cooperating. And, you know, for a company to opt out and say no, no, no, we're too privacy minded for this, it's basically helping terrorists. I think Senator Pat Roberts is absolutely right. What's going on know is shocking. I mean, people are treating the Constitution of the United States as a suicide pact. Here we have Al Qaeda, I mean, everyone has been watching United 93, and everybody SHOULD watch United 93 to remind us of what we're dealing with. You know, they would slam a plane into the capital, they would blow up an atomic bomb if they possibly could, and we're acting as though people who are trying to protect us are criminals."

So by actually choosing to follow the law of the United States (NOT the law of Saudi Arabia, mind you), Qwest is aiding the terrorists. Not to mention the Constitution should be disregarded because of the War on Terror! Should we just go ahead make Bush dictator while we're at it?

Also notice that Fox is back to its usual fear-mongering tricks, actually advocating that people go out to see United 93, while reminding the viewer that someone out there wants to kill them with an atomic bomb, so the viewer can be frightened into submission once again.

The mid-terms are coming! The mid-terms are coming!

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