Q So are you saying that reports to the contrary today that some wholly domestic communications got swept up by accident is in error?
MR. McCLELLAN: I'm stating to you what the Deputy Director of National Intelligence said to you all the other day, and they stand by that comment. And the authorization is very clear in terms of what is spelled out. And there are safeguards in place, and it's very limited in nature, and, as I said, one party to the communication has to be outside the United States.
Q So, therefore, it would be impossible for any wholly domestic communications to get accidentally swept up in that?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, he talked about the physics of it, and again, I refer you to what I just said; I quoted him.
Q But he also said that if we were to intercept something that we believe to be domestic, we would move off of it -- would certainly suggest that there might be --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think the question was asked -- is, if you wind up listening where you realize you shouldn't have, was the question, and he said, we don't have the resources to be able to waste them. We can't waste our resources on targets that simply don't provide valuable information. And he went on to talk about that a little bit further in his comments.
Q He was not explicitly saying it never occurs. My sense of that was that he said, should it occur, we quickly move away from it because we don't have the resources --
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, again, the specific question, are there cases where you wind up listening and where you realize you shouldn't have, and that's what he was responding to. But again, he talked about the physics of it and the technology and how they go about doing things. But I hesitate to go further in that because then you're getting into operational details.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Is There Any Body Out There? You Betchya!
While Scotty and da boys of the NSA would want you to believe they are not spying on purely domestic communications, they are. No surprise there, eh? Have a gander at this exchange from yesterday's press briefing and see if you can tell how crafty they are at lying to the American People: