Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Update on Big Brother I: They Lied. Again.

Remember how Big Brother told us as recently as last Friday that it was only interested in tracking phone calls to identify terrorists? And that it wasn't collecting personal information? Well, that and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee at the Capitol Hill Starbucks.

ABC News reports that BB also is tracking calls made by its own reporters and those for the New York Times and Washington Post in an effort to get to the bottom of those nasty leaks into the CIA's secret prisons in Eastern Europe for terrorists.

A New York Sun story goes further:
A former counterterrorism chief at the CIA, Vincent Cannistraro . . . [said] that FBI sources have confirmed to him that reporters' calls are being tracked as part of the probe. "The FBI is monitoring calls of a number of news organizations as part of this leak investigation," Mr. Cannistraro, who has worked as a consultant for ABC, said. "It is going on. It is widespread and it may entail more than those three media outlets."
This, of course, is part of a larger Bush administration effort to scapegoat its perceived opponents, be they reporters or otherwise.

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