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  •  When your whole gig is double top secret (18+ / 0-)

    you can probably say anything you want.

    I remember Rummy had some backroom operations going - Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)

    the new organization–the “Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)”–will carry out secret missions designed to “stimulate reactions” among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to “counterattack” by U.S. forces.
    -  and that was supposed to "stop" but turned up later under some other name, as did the TIA program, which now seems pretty-well ensconced.
    shortly after 9/11, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiated “Total Information Awareness,” a surveillance program that called for recording and analyzing all digital information generated by all U.S. citizens. (See Wikipedia for a history of the program.) After news reports provoked criticism of the Darpa program, it was officially discontinued. But Farber suspected that new surveillance programs represent a continuation of Total Information Awareness. “I can’t get anyone to deny that there’s a common thread there,” he said.
    So yeah - 'trusting' these sorts of operations to close just because some spook or politicians says so is daffy.

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