Valerie who?

Seems like yesterday people were concerned that leaking her name would cause the Moon to turn to blood - it didn't although she looked forlorn in her paja....oh nevermind...

Now leaks are (as I said they would), coming at a greater pace than ever before. Here's another "bombshell", or in reality, another attempted bombshell.

"In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts."

Top Secret? Not any more.....(by the way, I've cancelled my subscription - suggest others do the same of periodicals that choose to print leaked information as well).

"Federal officials familiar with the program maintain that warrants are unneeded for the kind of radiation sampling the operation entails, but some legal scholars disagree. News of the program comes in the wake of revelations last week that, after 9/11, the Bush White House approved electronic surveillance of U.S. targets by the National Security Agency without court orders. These and other developments suggest that the federal government's domestic spying programs since 9/11 have been far broader than previously thought.

The nuclear surveillance program began in early 2002 and has been run by the FBI and the Department of Energy's Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST). Two individuals, who declined to be named because the program is highly classified, spoke to U.S. News because of their concerns about the legality of the program. At its peak, they say, the effort involved three vehicles in Washington, D.C., monitoring 120 sites per day, nearly all of them Muslim targets drawn up by the FBI. For some ten months, officials conducted daily monitoring, and they have resumed daily checks during periods of high threat. The program has also operated in at least five other cities when threat levels there have risen: Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, and Seattle."


Sorry, I have to wonder about the veracity of "two people" who are with a program three freaking years before "getting a conscious" and deciding to come forward.

But here is where the story gets interesting:

"Officials also reject any notion that the program specifically has targeted Muslims. "We categorically do not target places of worship or entities solely based on ethnicity or religious affiliation," says one. "Our investigations are intelligence driven and based on a criminal predicate."

Among those said to be briefed on the monitoring program were Vice President Richard Cheney; Michael Brown, then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration; and Richard Clarke, then a top counterterrorism official at the National Security Council."


Opps, Clarke? Heh, can't wait for his memo showing his "concern"

However, this as the Alito non-controversy gets a serious "smack down" courtesy of Jim Robbins at NRO's the Corner

Damn facts!

UPDATE: Heh, more "leaks", excerpts from Risen's new book (Doesn't this usually have a "Excerpt 1 of 20" note on it, with a coupon for 50% off at Amazon?

......No wonder the NY Times is financially in the tank - wait until the backlash next year. They are absolutely clueless to what the American people really care about.

Here's a take from the legal beagles at Powerline on the story - sort of (click it, you'll see what I mean).

PS: By the way - the methods are working - seen any smoldering buildings (except at the Times buget office) lately?

I think Risen, his co-conspirators at The Times should get their legal begals looking into this - might help Senator Rockefeller as well.

Tracked: Michelle Malkin, as usual with tons of information and blogger reacts.




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