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Tapper Gore

 

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Posted: January 20, 2006

1:00 a.m. Eastern

 

 

 

By Joseph Farah

 

 

 

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© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

 

Al Gore sure was full of righteous indignation the other day in his speech denouncing the Bush administration for selectively eavesdropping on phone calls to Americans by suspected foreign terrorists.

 

He was outraged at this "civil-liberties abuse"

 

He condemned this "unconstitutional infringement of our rights."

 

He suggested this was one of the worst abuses by federal officials in the history of our country.

 

But while Gore denounced the selective and limited use of wiretaps by law enforcement officials on calls generated by suspected foreign terrorists, he had no problem – just a decade ago – calling for wholesale, mandatory surveillance on the phone calls and secure computer communications of every single American.

 

 

In fact, beginning in 1993, he ran the "Clipper chip" project for the Clinton administration that would have done just that – bug every phone, computer and fax machine in America.

 

I first wrote about Gore's role in this invasive, Big Brother program some seven years ago. Most of my colleagues in the press are still ignoring what has been since then a matter of public record.

 

The story begins in 1992 when AT&T developed secure telephones untappable by the federal government. The company planned to make them available to the American public. Instead, the Clinton administration interceded and bought up all the phones with a secret slush fund. The plan also involved refitting the phones with a new chip called "Clipper," which would permit the government to tap the phones easily once they found their way back into the hands of American consumers.

 

The plot also demonstrates the way Clinton administration insiders were allowed to benefit personally and financially from the secret plans.

 

By 1993, Gore was leading a top-secret group of Clinton advisers on the problem of how government could sustain its technical ability to eavesdrop in an advanced telecommunications environment.

 

"The solution to the access problem for future telecommunications requires that the vendor/manufacturing community translate the government's requirements into a fundamental system design criteria," noted the Gore report. "The basic issue for resolution is a choice between accomplishing this objective by mandatory (i.e., statutory/regulatory) or voluntary means."

 

It was clear from the start that the Clipper chip did not have safeguards against unauthorized surveillance. Yet Gore spearheaded the effort.

 

Gore was the point man in an effort to tap every phone, fax machine and computer in the country. Thank goodness it failed. Thank goodness it was exposed. But massive, indiscriminate spying on the American people was OK with Al Gore back when he was in power.

 

Interestingly, he didn't seem to give the Constitution a second thought when he was in power. He didn't see the potential for civil rights abuses on a massive scale. He neglected to recognize that he, himself, was scheming to perpetrate potentially one of the most horrendous privacy invasions in the history of the country.

 

 

Incredibly, later, declassified documents from the CIA and the U.S. State Department show, the Clinton-Gore administration considered sharing Clipper chip "keys" with foreign powers including China, Syria and Pakistan. In other words, Gore was not only willing to subject Americans to the abusive whims of their government spy agencies, he was also willing to help totalitarian regimes maintain a hammerlock of control on their people.

 

But there was Gore earlier this week hyperventilating about the Bush administration's selective use of wiretaps designed to protect Americans from future terrorist acts.

 

To my knowledge, not one member of the press corps has pointed out Gore's hypocrisy. No surprise there. The press all but ignored the whole sordid story of the way Bill Clinton and Al Gore nearly turned America into a police state.

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Hmmm... he stopped the sale of "untappable" phones. I don't see that as a big deal.

 

"By 1993, Gore was leading a top-secret group of Clinton advisers on the problem of how government could sustain its technical ability to eavesdrop in an advanced telecommunications environment. "

 

If it's so top secret, how the heck does this schmo know about it?

 

"Incredibly, later, declassified documents from the CIA and the U.S. State Department show, the Clinton-Gore administration considered sharing Clipper chip "keys" with foreign powers including China, Syria and Pakistan. In other words, Gore was not only willing to subject Americans to the abusive whims of their government spy agencies, he was also willing to help totalitarian regimes maintain a hammerlock of control on their people."

 

Let's see those declassified documents.

 

This whole article proves what is wrong with politics today. This is 100% different than what is happening right now in the Bush administration.

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You are missing the point of the post there Deuce. Don't you see how hypocritical aLGore is accusing President Bush of breaking the law when what was going on in the Clinton administration was far worse if you are talking about "civil-liberties abuse" and "unconstitutional infringement of our rights?" aLGore and the libs are just playing politics with our effort to fight terrorism. Liberal nutcases like aLGore and Kerry, with the help of the liberal mainstream media, are trying to distort and mischaracterize this secret surveilence program as a "domestic spying" on citizens issue when nothing could be further from the truth! There hasn't been one single reported complaint where anyone was spyed on under this program that wasn't in communication with a known or suspected terrorist or terrorist organization. I'm not trying to have it both ways Duece, aLGore is! :w00t:

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The story begins in 1992 when AT&T developed secure telephones untappable by the federal government. The company planned to make them available to the American public. Instead, the Clinton administration interceded and bought up all the phones with a secret slush fund. The plan also involved refitting the phones with a new chip called "Clipper," which would permit the government to tap the phones easily once they found their way back into the hands of American consumers.

 

In other words, making it possible for the government to use a wiretap. Legally.

 

This is legal, tapping a phone conversation without a warrant is illegal.

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Do you guys think that, maybe once or twice, this stuff that y'all read isn't reported by the "liberal mainstream media" doesn't get reported because it's not true, or isn't news?

 

By the way, if the "mainstream media" is liberal, how come liberals are "out of touch with mainstream America?"

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How are the NSA actions illegal?

 

The mainstream media is liberal. 85% of journalists/reporters identified themselves as Democrats in 2004. Not very even there.

 

Has nothing to do with mainstream America. The fact that Ted Turner can hire who he wants says nothing about the mood of mainstream America.

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