The bush crime administration is so arrogant, it is almost beyond belief.
Within weeks of the news being revealed that peaceful protesters are targets of FBI surveillance, and bush pretty much declaring, “Warrants? I don’t need no stinkin’ warrants,” we get this news from the clown in chief‘s minion, Alberto Gonzales (son of Yoo), that they want to see what Americans search for on the internet.
“Google is rebuffing the Bush administration’s demand for a peek at what millions of people have been looking up on the internet’s leading search engine — a request that underscores the potential for online databases to become tools for government surveillance.
Google has refused to comply with a White House subpoena first issued last summer, prompting U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales this week to ask a federal judge in San Jose, California for an order to hand over the requested records.
The government wants a list of all requests entered into Google’s search engine during an unspecified single week — a breakdown that could conceivably span tens of millions of queries. In addition, it seeks 1 million randomly selected web addresses from various Google databases.”
(Via Wired News.)
This ought to make a number of right-wing bush defenders who used the “If you haven’t done anything wrong, what’s the problem?”, a little uncomfortable. Who knows what they’ve been searching for in the privacy of their homes using Google? Oh, and by the way, if they used AOL, or Yahoo, or MSN search engines,… forget it. Those companies just rolled over and gave Gonzales what he wanted.
Why isn’t this page one news?