Oversight of the department's use of the overhead imagery data would come from officials in the Department of Homeland Security and from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and would consist of reviews by agency inspectors general, lawyers and privacy officers. "We can give total assurance" that Americans' civil liberties will be protected, Allen said. "Americans shouldn't have any concerns about it."
This is about using military spy satellites for domestic purposes in the US. The satellites can purpotedly "see through cloud cover and even penetrate buildings and underground bunkers". So we're not just talking about "them" watching you walk to your car in the morning on your way to work. We're talking (theoretically?) about "them" having the ability to check out what you and your girl are up to in the bedroom, whether it's because you're suspected of a suspicious activity or just because some government bureaucrat is bored. If you don't accept their total assurance, of course. I do. No need to shine your electric eye into my home.
We all know from the J. Edgar Hoover days that government snooping powers are never abused, so we've got nothing to worry about.
There will, of course, always be the liberal fringe that doesn't want the government to have the powers it needs to protect us from ourselves:
"They want to turn these enormous spy capabilities, built to be used against overseas enemies, onto Americans," [Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies] said. "They are laying the bricks one at a time for a police state."
The Washington Post correctly labels her as an "activist". Frankly, i feel that as soon as she said that she should have been investigated (she must be up to something illegal), and her insane rantings shouldn't have been given such a prominent platform, but that's the liberal media for you.
By fnord12 | August 17, 2007, 12:09 PM | Liberal Outrage