Pentagon Wants to Spy on US Muslims

Islam Online says the Pentagon is requesting the power to spy on US Muslims and foreigners on US soil. I don’t have any problem with the Pentagon spying on foreigners. It’s our country and we should be able to do that.

However, despite the US Muslims overall lack of visible anti-terrorist action, I do not support the Pentagon spying on US Muslims.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

from Who Was Martin Niemoller?

I do not want our government free to spy on us for non-specific reasons. That’s why we have warrants. And it’s why we require them.

When we begin to erode those protections under the law, the law itself begins to erode. And soon, or eventually anyway, no one is safe.

At first read, I disagree with Jihad Watch, which is unusual. I think in all the time I’ve been reading Jihad Watch this is the first time I have disagreed. He said, ” In any case, it is a perfectly reasonable request given the utter failure of American Muslims to separate jihadists from their ranks.”

Then I reread the article.

The Pentagon is seeking to amend the 1974 privacy law that prevents defense intelligence from recruiting informants because they must identify themselves to American citizens and resident aliens at the first contact.

The change would provide Pentagon officials with the same powers already granted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

I wonder why the FBI has this ability and not the Pentagon. If they are equal, what is the difference? Give it to them.

But then I remembered/thought that they are not the same. The FBI is the federal investigation arm. The Pentagon is the military investigation arm. Two different arms with two different tasks. And I don’t want our military spying on us. What I said above still goes.

So, the process of thinking becomes transparent in a blog when the author just keeps writing and doesn’t go back and erase. And in addition, adds an explanation of which thoughts came first and second and third. (At least such rhetorical transparency is my excuse for not cleaning it up. And would be useful for a paper on blogs. Remind me to do that one of these days.)