Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Congress of cowards

When you find yourself agreeing with Fred Hiatt, you know something is amiss.

Until Congress passed the new FISA act, if an American emailed me, the government would have to break the law to read it. Okay, that probably wouldn't stop them if they had convinced themselves that I was a person of interest, but at least the veneer of the rule of law was in place.

Not any more.

You know, Hitler passed laws to make what he did legal. His enemies couldn't stop him because they were afraid of taking unpopular stands. Of course, they didn't have polling data, as today's cowards do, so they weren't aware, as today's cowards are, that the stands that their advisors are telling them to take are not popular.


At 8:33 am, Blogger Anonymiss said...

Statement issued by the Widehouse:

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 6, 2007


Today's New York Times story by James Risen makes the unfounded claim that new FISA legislation has "broadly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages American citizens without warrants." This is highly misleading.

Revolutionary changes in technology have occurred since FISA was enacted in 1978, and those changes have resulted in FISA — contrary to the intent of Congress in 1978 — often requiring the government to get a court order to collect information on foreign terrorists and other foreign targets located overseas. The new law makes clear that a court order is not required to conduct surveillance of foreign intelligence targets located overseas.

But under FISA, court approval is required for the government to target an individual located in the United States, and nothing in the new law changes that. Congress has recognized there does not have to be a trade off between the goals of protecting Americans' rights and keeping our Nation safe. The Protect America Act accomplishes both goals.

I'm confused. Was that a, "we're bigger cunts than you thought we were," or was it a, "we've always been cunts so stop moaning!" ?


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