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The question of whether to spy or not is currently a hot topic in the U.S. The cornerstone of the debate is a post 9/11 surveillance program that tramples on Americans’ rights, giving the regime expanded ways to monitor and target citizens based on their potentially “wrong” thoughts.

Republicans in Congress are aiming to stop the disgraced FBI, which has become nothing more than a political weapon for the regime; spying on Americans at will. This right-wing campaign could upend a post 9/11 program that allows the government to monitor foreign targets without a warrant, and a result, Americans as well. It’s intriguing to note the shift in the political landscape over the years. Once upon a time, it was the Republicans advocating for these surveillance programs, with Democrats standing against them. Now, the tables have turned. The Republicans stand in opposition, while Democrats are calling for an expansion of these programs. Interestingly, Back in the day, the New York Times was one of the most vocal opponents of “spying” in all its forms and shapes.

Here’s what The New York Times said in their 2005 Pulitzer-prize winning piece exposing the domestic spying from Bush/Cheney.

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible “dirty numbers” linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval was a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.

“This is really a sea change,” said a former senior official who specializes in national security law. “It’s almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches.”

Now, let’s cut to today… journalist Glenn Greenwald uncovers an irony: the “Old Gray Lady,” once a crusader against domestic spying, is now shamelessly advocating for it. They’re even peddling the laughable claim that changes to the existing spy program could jeopardize our safety.

Here’s a closeup image of the latest New York Times headline.


And here’s what the New York  Times says about today’s domestic surveillance (they love it), and the GOP’s efforts to stop these power-crazed spy agencies in their tracks:

At issue is a program that allows the government to collect — on domestic soil and without a warrant — the communications of targeted foreigners abroad, including when those people are interacting with Americans. Leaders of both parties have warned the Biden administration that Congress will not renew the law that legalized it, known as Section 702, without changes to prevent federal agents from freely searching the email, phone and other electronic records of Americans in touch with surveilled foreigners.


The Biden administration has been making a similar case to lawmakers, appealing to them to renew the Section 702 program, which Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security adviser, has called “crucial” to heading off national security threats from China, Russia, cyberattacks and terrorist groups.

But far-right lawmakers have embarked on a louder and more politically loaded effort to fight the measure. They have seized on official determinations that federal agents botched a wiretap on a Trump campaign adviser and more recent disclosures that F.B.I. analysts improperly used Section 702 to search for information about hundreds of Americans who came under scrutiny in connection with the Jan. 6 attack and the Black Lives Matter protests after the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a police officer.

The NYT wrote a puff piece to help the domestic spy ring.

In recent years, Capitol Hill has welcomed several new Democrats with backgrounds in national security who favor extending the program. But convincing others is a challenge, as most members of the party — including Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the minority leader — have voted against extensions. Even President Biden voted against the law to legalize the program in 2008, when he was a senator.

Just when you think the New York Times couldn’t sink lower, they manage to surprise us again. It’s quite disappointing; the Times was once a huge force against governmental excesses, a voice sorely needed in current times. After all, no administration has pushed boundaries more than Biden’s.

You can read Glenn Greenwald’s full thread skewering the Times here.