I try to focus on state news here but I have something to say about the domestic spying/Patriot Act issue. So Bin Laden put out another tape? Big deal. Republicans rolled out all of their favorite fear mongers as soon as the tape hit the news. In what appeared to be a very coordinated campaign- “the boogie man is going to get us so you must surrender your civil liberties!” For all of their false machismo, right wingers are some of the biggest sissies I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of them). Another Bin Laden tape comes out and none of them question why he is still alive and free. They only spook themselves into believing why this tape should make THEM less free. Scare a neo-con cult member and I guess you can get anything you want.
While I’m at it, let me address a few other things on Bush’s illegal domestic spying program.
- Neo-Cons keep saying that Clinton and Carter wanted to do the same thing. I know that this may be hard for you to understand, but you should not believe everything that some blowhard radio jock says. If Clinton or Carter really sought to spy on American citizens without a warrant, then state your source. Tell me specifically the people involved and the exact case. If you can’t do that then you are likely promoting a lie.
- If Bush needs to authorize an emergency operation, he can do so without a warrant and then get the warrant after the fact. So what’s the problem with that? Perhaps you are afraid that the FISA court would not approve the spying because it is unjustified.
- The FISA court is largely a rubber stamp for all administrations since it’s inception. The most denials it has ever given has been to the law breaking overreaching Bush administration. Yes, out of thousands of requests over the years, the FISA court only refused 4 of them (all Bush requests).
- Why do you all assume that the people being spied on are actual terrorists? How many people have we falsely arrested/detained already because we allegedly thought that they were terrorists? So if we can actually be wrong about these things, then how do we KNOW that we are spying on terrorists rather than innocent citizens? And if Bush does not want any oversight on this issue, then how do we know he’s even spying on terrorists rather than political opponents/groups (like the Quakers)?
- Many true conservatives are also voicing real questions about the domestic spying program, so don’t pretend that it is just a liberal concern. Former Congressman Bob Baar, Grover Norquist, David Keene, Paul Weyrich, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, and several others. Hell, according to the paper the other day your very own F. Jim has not committed on this issue. Pennsylvania Senator Arlin Spector is concerned enough with it that he will be holding hearings next month.
So please spare me your overcompensating chest pounding in the future. I may be forced to replay the tape of you cowering in a corner surrendering all of your civil liberties.