Sunday, May 01, 2005

On Domestic Spying

The Albuquerque Tribune is reporting that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is concerned that some of his phone calls to former Secretary of State Colin Powell were monitored by a U.S. spy agency and that transcripts were given to the current nominee for ambassador of the United Nations.

It is hard to believe that I am reading in my hometown newpaper about something like this happening in the United States of America.

It is harder to believe that the current Chief Executive thinks people like Powell and Richardson need to be monitored by someone like Bolton.


Dr. Mike Kear said...

As a native and former resident of New Mexico, I can tell you that Bill Richardson is one of the finest, most patriotic Americans you will ever meet. It simply stuns me that he could be the focus of domestic governmental spying. We seem to be well beyond 1984.

The other thing that stuns me is that the American public in general doesn't seem to care. This all reminds me a little too much of the Soviet Union in my youth. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to quip, "In Russia you don't watch TV. TV watches you!" With the Patriot Act firmly in place, we'd better get used to this kind of thing on a wide-scale basis.

Greek Shadow said...

Glad to see comments back, maybe bubba will take the hint. Richardson used to be the Ambassador to the United Nations and is the exact opposite of Bolton. He was actually very effective. He talked Saddam Hussein into letting stray Americans leave Iraq, and right after he became Governor when Bush was rattling his saber agains North Korea, their representatives came to Santa Fe, is essense to beg him to talk some sense into Bush. I am not suprised that Bush would not think kindly about this and monitor him much more closely than he would any other Governor.
As a teacher in Albuquerque, who supported and voted for him, all I can say is that with friends like him who needs enemies.

Greek Shadow said...

Sorry, forgot to include an antecedent for the pronouns used in my second paragraph. I was speaking about Gov. Richardson, I would not want anyone thinking that I was stupid enough to vote for Bush.

Dr. Mike Kear said...

Hi Greek!

I understood what you meant to say in your first comment, but your second one made me laugh out loud.

Man I sure miss Albuquerque. Eat some good New Mexico chiles for me, OK?

By the way, does Bill Richardson still wear that beard? I thought it kinda made him look like a prophet! ;)



Dr. Mike Kear said...

Oh, yeah, and as a P.S. to my comment above...

I, too, am glad to see the comments back! Bubba just needs his own blog.


Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Dr. Mike & Greek,

Thanks for your comments.

It didn't realize there were so many ties to New Mexico on this blog.

You are making me miss the best chile rellenos in the world.

Greek Shadow said...

To Mike, Richardson is now clean shaven. I have to have my green chile fix regularly, red chile tears my stomach up, and I do love Carne Adovada. If the FDA ever makes Capcasian (the acid which makes chile's hot and addicting) a controlled substance I will be in sad shape.

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...


Yes, I do miss good green chile sauce.