Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Look! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! Never Mind, it Was Nothing to Be Concerned About

White House Denies Reports of Spy Planes Over NYC

Read More http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/05/white-house-denies-spy-plane-reports#ixzz0ncPk0ZcN

Were secret military spy planes used to find wannabe Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad? No way, the White House says.

Benjamin C. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, tells The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder that “the actions described simply did not take place.”

Not that the RC-12 signals intelligence aircraft couldn’t have been used. The planes “were tasked to help the F.B.I. intercept cell phone communications of the Beltway sniper suspects in 2002,” Ambinder notes. “RC-12s were also in the air over Salt Lake City during the Olympics.”

The Posse Comitatus Act forbids the U.S. military from operating on American soil. But the law has all sorts of caveats. The military can help law enforcement stop drug-runners. The armed services can be called in if there’s a potential nuclear, chemical, or biological “weapon of mass destruction.” And none of the restrictions apply to the Coast Guard or the National Guard.

Under normal circumstances and in normal times, I wouldn't be so concerned over a report like this. But when I see things like this now? I have to wonder whether these resources are routinely being used (now) against Americans.

One thing I am sure of, having lived through it under the Clinton administration and that one thing is that liberals see the military as their personal play thing and nothing more. They under fund it then turn around and call on it to act as their own private police force.

I see the same attitude being displayed once again by this administration. So to consider whether they would use existing military assets against their political enemies? Is no stretch at all for me. I know they will do it because they have done it in the past.

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