Domestic: The New International

Filed in PoliticsTags: Media Bias, War on Terror

Spying. Eavesdropping. Surveillance. Warrantless Searches. What do all these terms have in common? The MSM continually insist on describing these activities, with respect to the much-aligned NSA program of intercepting calls originating outside the US by known al qaeda aperatives, as being "domestic" - every single time. When challenged about this terminology, the MSM seems confused as to why calls from one country to another are "international":

Q Back to the NSA. The White House last night put out paper backing up its claims that this was a terrorist surveillance program, saying the charges of domestic spying — you defined what “domestic” meant. Isn’t one end of that phone call on domestic soil? Why is the charge of it being domestic spying so far off?

MR. McCLELLAN: For the same reasons that a phone call from someone inside the United States to someone outside the United States is not a domestic call. If you look at how that is billed on your phone records, it’s billed as an international call, it is charged the international rate. And so that’s the best way to sum that up. Because one communication within this surveillance has to be outside of the United States. That means it’s an international communication, for the very reason I just said.

(Emphasis added by source)

(HT: Allman's Electric Stove)

For the terminologically challenged, I offer the following entries from dictionary.com:

do·mes·tic
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the family or household: domestic chores.
  2. Fond of home life and household affairs.
  3. Tame or domesticated. Used of animals.
  4. Of or relating to a country's internal affairs: domestic issues such as tax rates and highway construction.
  5. Produced in or indigenous to a particular country: domestic oil; domestic wine.

in·ter·na·tion·al
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or involving two or more nations: an international commission; international affairs.
  2. Extending across or transcending national boundaries: international fame.

Oh, but let's get back to the exchange, shall we?

Q Right. But one of the people being eavesdropped on is on domestic soil.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think it leaves an inaccurate impression with the American people to say that this is domestic spying.

Q Why is that inaccurate?

MR. McCLELLAN: For the reasons that General Hayden has said, for the reasons that others have said within the administration, and for the example I just provided to you. You don’t call a flight from New York to somewhere in Afghanistan, a domestic flight. It’s called an international flight.

Q Right, but –

Right, but... you're either an idiot, delusional, or intentionally trying to mislead.

I take that back; I'm guessing you're all three.

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2 Responses to “Domestic: The New International”
  1. Mom says:

    It might help if the “media” types would use the appropriate terminology. Once wouldn’t know they have completed post high school graduation from the terms they use to describe the program. It is the Terrorist Spying Program (for want of a better name) NOT the DOMESTIC Spying Program that is mentioned most evenings on our local TV stations. We can gather from that, that the MSM is either STUPID, ILLITERATE, OR INTENTIONALY MISLEADING the public. Personally, I believe it is the last. Like grandma used to tell me, if you lie about one thing, I can’t trust anything you say. Fairly simple concept: Words mean things (borrowing a phrase from the man behind the golden EIB microphone.)

  2. cb says:

    Sean Hannity has taken to referring to the program as the “Terrorist Surveillance” program, in direct response to the “domestic spying” nonsense.