Friday, June 09, 2006

Sit. Stay. Roll Over

What a lapdog. All bark, no bite, can be persuaded with treats.
Specter Offers Compromise on NSA Surveillance: "The new proposal specifies that it cannot 'be construed to limit the constitutional authority of the President to gather foreign intelligence information or monitor the activities and communications of any person reasonably believed to be associated with a foreign enemy of the United States.'

Bush has cited his constitutional authority as president as justification for undertaking the warrantless NSA surveillance. The White House and Vice President Cheney have said up to now that no additional legislation is necessary to bring the program within the law.

Specter's bill, introduced yesterday at a committee meeting, was a compromise worked out with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and designed to gather enough Republican support so it can be taken to the floor for a vote. During a conversation with Cheney yesterday afternoon first disclosed by an administration official, Specter (R-Pa.) said he arranged to have Justice Department officials begin reviewing his proposal.

Another part of the Specter bill would grant blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under presidential authority, a provision that seems to ensure that no one would be held criminally liable if the current program is found illegal under present law."
Changing the rules because someone breaks them is ridiculous. This administration is trying to get away with invasion of privacy, destroy the foundations that this country was built and then play the injured party when they get caught.

How far will this country fall before the populace gets a clue and demands that their wishes be taken into account by their representatives? If you or I break the rules at our jobs, we lose them. These guys get richer and receive medals while troops are dying. Legalizing after the fact. What a concept.

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