Obama has asked congress to renew provisions of the Terrorist Surveillance Program that are set to expire on Dec. 31st. This program allows various agencie of the federal government to monitor all communications, movements, and actions of anyone suspected of being a terrorist or of having connections with anyone suspected of being a terrorist.
But it also included "lone wolf terrorists" -- those who are not suspected of being a terrorist and have no connections with anyone suspected of being a terrorist. Here's the VOA's description --
White House Backs Controversial Domestic Surveillance Provisions
By VOA News
16 September 2009
The Obama administration is urging lawmakers to extend three provisions of the controversial domestic surveillance law known as the USA Patriot Act.
The U.S. Justice Department issued a letter Tuesday asking Congress to renew provisions of the law that allow authorities to conduct roving electronic eavesdropping, or wiretaps, access business records and track so-called "lone wolf" suspects with no known links to foreign powers or terrorist groups.
The roving wiretaps would let agents track the communications of suspects who change their cell phones or other devices.
The provisions are due to expire on December 31.
Some lawmakers and civil libertarians have criticized the provisions, saying they infringe on Americans' right to privacy. The Justice Department says the administration is willing to consider stronger privacy protections as long as they do not "undermine the effectiveness" of the provisions.
Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from the northeastern state of Vermont, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says it is important for the administration and Congress to work to protect both national security and civil liberties.
That just about covers everyone -- people with known connections to terrorism and the lone wolves with no such connections. This is Rumsfeld's visions -- things we know, things we don't know, and things we don't know we don't.
What's left? Are you a lone wolf terrorist suspect? Do you have to do anything to get on the list of lone wolves? Apparently not because if you do something that looks like you are a terrorist you will be covered by the known terrorist suspect part. So the lone wolves are all those who have done absolutely nothihng!!!
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