There’s a program to use supercomputers to route huge amounts of Internet activity, including emails, financial transactions, and who knows what else, into National Security Agency databases. The Protect America Act was rushed through Congress just when that program was about to be exposed – during the August recess.
On August 15, there is a hearing scheduled in the Hepting v. AT&T court case. The government had lost the argument that its supposed state secrets could be kept out of the court. So, what was to be learned in this August 15 hearing? Was the Protect America Act rushed into law in order to prevent something like Total Information Awareness from being revealed at the August 15th hearing?
The promised legislation to revoke the war authorization in October of 2007 has not appeared. Senator Clinton has not introduced the legislation, and neither has Senator Byrd. Why? Does Hillary Clinton no longer believe that it is time to sunset the authorization for the war in Iraq?