13 February 2008

i don't trust suits. part deux.

didya get a load of what the senate overwhelmingly passed yesterday?

i mean, who needs terrorists when our own elected officials are actively working to "destroy our freedom?"

warrantless wiretapping, with zero oversight by anyone except those orchestrating the spying, is now perfectly legal. the phone companies have immunity for their past and future abuses - of which some 40 odd lawsuits have sprung up. because they broke the law.

"The Senate had multiple opportunities to improve this atrocious bill and failed at every turn," said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "Several amendments were offered to increase privacy protections, with many of them allowing for warrantless surveillance during emergency situations. It’s stunning that senators wouldn’t put their support behind amendments so fundamentally balanced. Protecting Americans' communications from pervasive and ill-defined surveillance goes to the very heart of the Fourth Amendment. Unfortunately, the Senate seemed determined to pass the least constitutional FISA bill possible."

yes, that IS stunning, isn't it? and even more stunning? these senators were the only ones that voted nay:

Akaka (D-HI)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Harkin (D-IA)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Wyden (D-OR)

the kicker is that all of this is coming from the party of "the least amount of government interference in citizen's lives" - the right. and the bigger kicker is the number of democrats that voted for this.

i'd like to think they are basing this on some level of intelligence that we don't know about, but i've seen how that works in this administration.

my mama didn't raise no fool.



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