Sunday, February 17, 2008
In his radio address Saturday morning president Bush did what he does best: spread lies and deception pertaining to protecting America from terrorist attack. Freshly pissed from the House's failure to renew his tyrannical surveillance law, the nation's top scarecrow delivered his blistering attack on Congress, rife with his standard fear-mongering tactics (excerpted below):
"Good morning. At the stroke of midnight tonight, a vital intelligence law that is helping protect our nation will expire. Congress had the power to prevent this from happening, but chose not to......Some congressional leaders claim that this will not affect our security. They are wrong. Because Congress failed to act, it will be harder for our government to keep you safe from terrorist attack. At midnight, the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence will be stripped of their power to authorize new surveillance against terrorist threats abroad. This means that as terrorists change their tactics to avoid our surveillance, we may not have the tools we need to continue tracking them -- and we may lose a vital lead that could prevent an attack on America.... Instead, the House held partisan votes that do nothing to keep our country safer. House leaders chose politics over protecting the country -- and our country is at greater risk as a result."
Bush knows this is bullshit, and he ought to be ashamed of himself for relentlessly preying on the fears of our citizenry. Our national security efforts will not cease nor are they hindered. The FISA court still presides over surveillance requests, and law enforcement agencies can still do whatever necesaary to protect America...just as it did before Bush took office. FISA authorization can be obtained immediately in the event of emergency situations. The difference here is that Bush wants to continue skirting and/or breaking the law, and Pelosi & Co have finally stepped up to say no.
At issue among House Democrats is the Senate bill which passed Tuesday that contained a provision granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies who cooperated with the Busheviks by providing personal data after 9-11. Pelosi and the Dems want more time to work out the kinks, while the Repugs sought to pressure them into House passage this week.
And as for "choosing politics over protecting the country," no one in the last seven years has been more guilty of this than George Bush. He is, without question, the biggest terrorist of them all...
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