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Thoughts on Third Fallujah?

What are you all's thoughts on Third Fallujah? If you have been reading this blog for the last few years, you will know I am not surprised, and looking at the NSA cameras (that little circle at the top of your laptop) you don't seem too shocked either. But then, no one ever went broke being pessimistic about Iraq.

I am hearing differing accounts of exactly who is being attacked, and by whom. David Ignatius is selling scorecards today. What was that they used to shout at Fenway? Something like, "Scorecards! You can't tell the players without the card!" Apparently, the Iranians are on first and second, and their old Badr Corps buddies are driving the team bus.

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Why did the White House advisory team on the NSA and communications raise red flags about NSA’s domestic operations?

Reading these comments from the White House advisory team on the NSA makes me (and others) wonder about domestic shoes that young Snowden may yet drop:

"Fundamentally, NSA is and should be a foreign intelligence organization. It should not be a domestic security service, a military command, or an information assurance organization. Because of its extraordinary capabilities, effective oversight must exist outside of the Agency."

And again:

"Like other agencies, there are situations in which NSA does and should provide support to the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other law enforcement entities. But it should not assume the lead for programs that are primarily domestic in nature."

Bart G., what you got cooking in the pot on this?