Friday, March 17, 2006
A few updates and opening of a new thread
First, a very important update. I just got a call from Paula Zellner who is with Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund. She has received word of our Resolution and is really pleased. She emailed me a copy of the petition to become a "Citizen Co-Sponsor" of the Censor Resolution. If you want it, just email me and I'll email a copy back to you.
Oh yeah, about that picture. It MUST be authentic...see the yellow rug? It says "Optomistic Person."
Next, the Repubs are at it again. This from the Huffington Post. It seems like four Republican Senators have introduced legislation to legalize Bush's illegal NSA spying......
Committee Vice Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) said through a spokeswoman that it is "too soon to consider legislation until the oversight subcommittee can answer critical questions about the program."
DeWine told reporters that White House officials "agree with the general concept" of the bill. Most Americans think "this type of surveillance should continue," he said, but Congress must impose oversight.
Hey Dewine! If you ask Americans if we should wire tap Al Queda, you'll get no argument from Democrats. Wiretaping American Citizens randomly without warrants is a WHOLE 'NOTHER MATTER...
DailyKos has a good summary of what is at stake:
So, let's review, shall we? Striking out part of the Bill of Rights? Check. Unfettered Executive authority to conduct massive, intrusive spying on Americans in secret? Check. A paralyzed Congress bound, blindfolded and gagged? Check. Establishing the precedent that the President can flat-out ignore the law of the land? Check. A Congress filled with Rubber-Stamp Republicans who couldn't give a shit about the rule of law as long as they make this scandal go away? Check. e