I've been ANGRY about Bush's illegal spying on Americans for a long time, ANGRY about Congress passing that abysmal bill before their, um, VACAY, in August that urinated on the 4th amendment, and ANGRY that the Senate Democrats would even, for one second, consider a bill that gave immunity to the telecom companies that were accessories to Bush's crime. (If this were in Nixon's administration, Bush ... would... have... been... impeached!) But not only have the Senate Democrats decided to give the telecoms immunity, they have also decided that the Attorney General is the one to oversee the programs. Right. I also read yesterday that the guy who the Senate is deciding upon doesn't know if waterboarding is torture or not (what's the difference between him and Alberto *I Heart Torture* Gonzales if he can't stand UP against the evil of torture!)
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday night to approve compromise legislation that would strengthen court oversight of eavesdropping on Americans while granting telephone and Internet companies legal immunity for their role in assisting government surveillance programs since 2001.
After nearly five hours of closed discussions, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, the Democratic chairman, and Senator Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, the Republican vice chairman, emerged to announce that the measure had been approved in a 13-to-2 vote.
“There were substantial compromises on the part of all members and, frankly, of the administration,” Mr. Rockefeller said of the measure, which would expire in six years. Two Democratic senators, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Ron Wyden of Oregon, cast the no votes.
You know what also gets me about this? The Dems (and that includes Patrick Leahy, who I've decided is just a huge gas bag) aren't even waiting to see IF they can find out what they're frigging granting immunity to the telecoms for! Bush won't tell them. Rockefeller already said recently he wasn't even briefed, like the Bush administration LIED and said he was-so what's going on? Are they afraid they'll lose their telecom money gravy train? Are they being blackmailed? Or are they just all the same party, too, as the Republicans, the CORPORATE GRAVYTRAIN party.
It isn't like I haven't called everyone that is my rep at the national level... repeatedly. That includes John Cornyn and KBH, even though I know they love torture and, weak sisters that they both are, are all for Bush spying on Americans. Heck, KBH even said at one point she had no problem with perjury. And Chet Edwards, who is always really quick to tell people he's NOT a Blue Dog and is Independent, even though he's registered with the Democratic party, is one of the ones that voted this last August for Bush's spying because, in his view, JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICANS, security trumps the constitution.
Yes, I'll make a round of calling again today now that I read that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which of course includes Democrats has decided to include immunity for the telecoms. What, are they all friggin in the POCKET of Big Business?
I know that there are some Democrats who vigorously fight against these types of things and that includes, last night, Ron Wyden and Russ Feingold. But here's the point-when the LEADERSHIP of a party goes along with Republicans, who in my view are weak, chickenhawk scaredy-cats, then functionally there is no difference between them.
Oh, that is, if you care about the constitution.
I'd like to see Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid DUMPED. Or maybe it's me that just needs to get with the program, realize that both parties are corrupt as heck, self-serving, do NOT want to uphold the Constitution they were sworn to protect, and don't deserve respect any more.