Chris's Rants

Saturday, February 23, 2008

There is simply nothing the clown-in-chief says that is believable

Bush Blames Dems on Surveillance Bill (emphasis mine):
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leaders came under criticism Saturday from President Bush who said they are blocking intelligence legislation so lawyers can sue telephone companies for helping the government eavesdrop on suspected terrorists.

Terrorists are plotting attacks "at this very moment," Bush said in his weekly radio address. He again urged the House to act on Senate-passed legislation needed to renew the intelligence law that expired last weekend.

The Senate bill provides retroactive protection for telecommunications companies that wiretapped U.S. phone and computer lines at the government's request, but without the permission of a secret court created 30 years ago to oversee such activities. The House version does not provide such immunity against lawsuits.

The Justice Department and Office of National Intelligence said Saturday that telecommunication companies are now complying with existing surveillance warrants. The agencies' statement reversed their declaration late Friday that some companies had refused to initiate wiretaps against people covered by orders issued under the expired law.

The statement said new surveillance activities under existing warrants will resume "for now," but that the delay "impaired our ability to cover foreign intelligence targets, which resulted in missed intelligence information."
Meanwhile, the left had either doesn't know what the right hand is doing, or Bush is lying, again. Of course, we know that he is lying because they reversed their position late Friday, yet Bush repeated the false claim in his radio address today.

All the hooplah over this bill is about Dubya and Darth trying to cover their fat arses, because what they did was illegal, and they know it. In fact, the DNI statement yesterday said as much, which is why they were claiming that they were losing intelligence... because to continue it without a FISA warrant would be illegal. These people belong in a Turkish prison.


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