Friday, June 20, 2008

The Audacity of Hope

"Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President's illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over. It restores FISA and existing criminal wiretap statutes as the exclusive means to conduct surveillance – making it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people."
We already have a solution for this. It's called FISA. It's the law Bush violated in the first place. The last thing we need as a result of a scandal in which the Administration violated Federal statutes regarding domestic spying is a gutting of said statutes and a broadening of domestic spying.

All we need is for the existing laws to be enforced. Period. Is that...


"It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses. But this compromise guarantees a thorough review by the Inspectors General of our national security agencies to determine what took place in the past, and ensures that there will be accountability going forward."
Excuse me while I shave my head and paint the walls of my studio with my own blood. Suffices to say, I don't think I'll be voting for Mr. Obama in the upcoming election.

1 comment:

Pete said...

I heard a few unsettling things on the radio this morning about the compromise. The biggest thing was the retroactive immunity. The other thing not mentioned in the letter is that the compromise allows domestic spying for reasons other than counter-terrorism.

It is strange that the Democrats are willing to vote on legislation that takes the power to grant warrants away from the Judiciary. Or allow the Judiciary the chance to assess how egregious this Administration's offenses have been.

Are their mothers being held at gunpoint or something? I thought the Republicans were almost completely discredited, even in the eyes of Joe-Six-Pack?