Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Nobody would ever think to describe a flight from DC to London as a 'domestic' flight. Domestic flights are flights which both originate and terminate within the United States, say from DC to Atlanta or from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Go to the airport and wait by the domestic gates to pick up a passenger coming in from Heathrow and you'll be waiting an awfully long time. International flights, on the other hand, are flights such as from DC to London, or a flight from London to the NYC, that have one end of the journey here in the United States and the other end somewhere else.

Which makes me question why so many people (here and here) and media outlets (here and here) insist on referring to to the eavesdropping Bush authorized as a "domestic spying program" when the eavesdropping was done on communications that either originated or terminated somewhere overseas?

Is it ignorance... carelessness... or trying to make Bush look bad by describing the program in terms that are more likely to get the natives riled up than they would if the program was referred to by its more proper description, the monitoring of international communications?