As mentioned in DailyKos:
If telcos are presented with a warrant, they are legally required to participate in the program. They don’t get to refuse to cooperate when presented with a warrant. Another canard from the administration.
Those warrants can be obtained–even without the administration filing paperwork until after the fact–from the FISC with little fuss.
So why all this “fighting” over telecom immunity. Why not just go through the FISA courts as it was meant to be? Maybe it’s to keep our mind off of the failing economy? Maybe to keep us preoccupied, so that we don’t see how it’s going in Iraq and Afghanistan?
The same thing goes for the Steroids, H.G.H (Human Growth Hormone) hearings in Congress,with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte. Who gives a shit if they’ve taken the stuff? You must be blind to think that Barry Bonds hasn’t. Same goes for guys like Lenny Dykstra and Mark McGuire. You don’t become a muscle-head overnight without taking something. I don’t need Congress to tell me that.
Why are they wasting their time and our money with these hearings? Don’t they know that we’re looking at (if not already in) a recession? Don’t they know there’s a war going on? Don’t they know the Taliban are back? Don’t they know Social Security and Medicare are financially unstable social programs? What about border security? What about our failing energy policies? what about the falling dollar?
The Senate basically said it’s not the telecom company’s fault for cooperating with the administration’s illegal wiretapping program,which is being used to spy on the citizens of the USA. Of course, if they don’t cooperate, they may suffer the same fate as Qwest CEO, Joe Nacchio.
Here’s the official tally. A big THANK YOU goes out to all you Democratic Senators who caved into the pressure from the Bush administration and the telecom companies who line your pockets.
Tuesday, the Senate will be voting on amendments to FISA. Amendments, if passed, will give blanket immunity to telecom companies for violating our civil liberties. Leahy and Dodd will filibuster to make sure our civil liberties are not trampled on. It’s all about illegal domestic spying. The government spying on it’s own American Citizens (that includes you!). I’m not against wiretaps, I’m against it when there’s no reason for it. And the current administration says, they don’t need a reason. They don’t need to check with the FISA court, and they don’t need to show them why they need to snoop. See the statement from Senator Dodd on FISA and Telecom Immunity
There are unscrupulous folks on both sides of the aisle. Money talks. If you pay your Senators enough dough, you can get what you want. Just another reason to become an Independant. Folks like these, who don’t care about your civil liberties (even in West Virginia) should be removed from office because they are not upholding the Fourth Amendment, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Senator Rockefeller is basically sayings it’s ok to spy on American Citizens, wiretapping your phone calls and monitoring your internet usage. And not from your end point, but from the main Internet pipes, so that they can monitor the entire country at once and filter out on key words.
Richard Clarke opines in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the fear-mongering tactics the Bush Administration is using to push their version of FISA through. Their version, tramples over our civil liberties by making warrantless wiretaps legal.
Richard Clarke, you may remember, is the guy who, before and soon after 9/11, said we need to go after Bin Laden, yet the neocons, like Rumsfeld pushed to go after Saddam.
I think it may be time to become an Independent when our Democratic leadership decides it’s OK to chip away at our civil liberties
I really don’t understand it. We all want to catch the bad guys. And we have no issues using wiretaps and monitoring emails. Just get a freakin warrant so that law enforcement folks and the government don’t abuse the privilege.