Terminologies with Expiration Dates
It seems there used to be a certain term dogmatically used in every story about the warrantless wiretapping program…or should I say Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. In fact, I suspect it would be nearly impossible to find a pre-2009 story on the subject that went on for nearly 2500 words without using the phrase: DOMESTIC SPYING. Well, times have changed and CBS DC does just that in a story today titled Senate Set To Approve Warrantless Wiretapping Program. (1)
Actually, times really haven’t changed too much. They still can’t seem to get concept quite right:
“The program began shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks under the Bush administration, and without congressional authorization. … The CIA and National Security Agency use the program to collect intelligence on Americans who are communicating abroad with foreign ‘targets.’” [emphasis added]
My thoughts on the willfully misleading and/or ignorant phrasing aside, I will note for the record that the last sentence quoted above was clearly written in the present tense.
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