Rich Galen

  • Once again official Washington has its knickers in a twist over something the National Security Agency is doing to protect us from the people who are trying to kill us.

  • Today's projectile-sweat-inducing story came from USA Today with the headline: "NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls" over a lede written by reporter Leslie Cauley:
    "The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans…"

  • If you didn't read the sentence in the middle of the second graf you might assume that President Bush and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld are sitting around at night sipping hot Bosco and listening in on your phone calls to your colleague about how screwed up your boss is.

  • Here is the sentence in the middle of the second graf:
    "This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations."

  • WIRETAPP… Wait. What? Does not involve listening to or recording? What's the big deal?

  • Don't these people watch Law & Order: SVU reruns? They solve EVERY case by getting a listing of the perp's cell phone calls from the phone company, find out he's been calling the Catholic girl's school five times a day for the previous three weeks, they arrest him; show over - roll the credits.

  • I think we are missing a potential money-making opportunity for the NSA here. If they know every number you are calling, then they also know the numbers you are not calling. They could set up a service to remind you of people to call:
    Hello! This is YOUR National Security Agency.

    We notice you have not called your mother in three weeks. If you have broken your fingers and can't dial the phone, we'll be happy to place the call for you, at no additional charge.

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  • This wasn't probably big news where you live, but the sale of the Washington Nationals (neé the Montreal Expos) to a local family group was very big news here in Your Nation's Capital.

  • Because this is Washington, DC everything is either politically motivated, racially based, or both.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at