In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.We aught line up a litany of charges for the whole lot of the W, Rove and Co that range widely from besmirching the international credibility of our Nation, to Constitutional neglect and malefeasance (spying on Americans and who knows what else they are not telling us), treason (leaks of top secret info), and the long- and short-term gross negligence and misuse of taxpayer dollars (BTW, what is the cost of the illegitimate Iraq war and NSA wire taps that yield nothing but dead ends (watch out you soccer moms and dads, the W, Rove and Co are listening in)).
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.
...President Bush has characterized the eavesdropping program as a "vital tool" against terrorism; Vice President Dick Cheney has said it has saved "thousands of lives."
But the results of the program look very different to some officials charged with tracking terrorism in the United States. More than a dozen current and former law enforcement and counterterrorism officials, including some in the small circle who knew of the secret program and how it played out at the F.B.I., said the torrent of tips led them to few potential terrorists inside the country they did not know of from other sources and diverted agents from counterterrorism work they viewed as more productive.
Still, we are only scratching the surface of the iceberg. Its the unknown unknowns that are going to finally put this administration asunder. Still awaiting their kryptonite, someone's conscience will sooner than later get the best of them and the dirt from underneath the carpet will come pouring out like manure from the tractors they tell us are supposedly used for "spreading freedom."
As to why more republicans aren't genuinely pissed at this group of anti-conservatives is beyond me. Perhaps others in the blogispheree can explain it.