Senator Jon Kyl, Republican of Arizona, asserted that if the Patriot Act had been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, the attacks might never have happened.
Uh huh. That's due to the little-known provision in the Patriot Act that says that the FBI honchos in DC will not ignore insightful memos from lowly special agents remarking on people who are learning to pilot planes, but not land them.
The Patriot Act was not extended today. I imagine the news story yesterday that the President ignored (i.e. ordered people to break) the laws against spying on people inside the country had something to do with the vote.
We don't need more laws restricting civil liberties. We need more organized cops. Organized cops would not have any difficulty getting warrants to tap phones. But the Bushies make a mess of things, and then want laws so they can sweep those things under carpet. Don't lets have trials at Guantanamo; we might find out we've captured innocent people. Let's ignore habeas corpus (without actually suspending it); we might discover we're holding people without evidence.
Respect for laws forces the cops to keep their noses clean. Disrespect breeds corruption. It shouldn't be a partisan issue. If the flag doesn't stand for liberty and justice for all, what the hell does it stand for?
Fortunately, even some Republicans are fed up with it.
A note on Presidential character: Bush Jr. seems fairly consistently to behave like a little boy who doesn't want to have to listen to his elders. He purposefully went to war in Iraq without his allies, I think, so he wouldn't have to listen to their advice. He doesn't want judges overseeing his wiretaps. He wants to be able to torture people while claiming that he doesn't torture. He feels he can ignore any law that doesn't suit him. He's a kid with a know-it-all Dad whom he finally doesn't have to listen to. I hope people are finally coming to see him for the brat he is.
Ugh, Kyl is scum. A total apologist for this administration. Most thinking people know that there already was enough evidence to prevent the attacks (something about a PDB in August...?) Speaking of character, part of the problem stems from the president’s complete lack of interest in, well, everything. The man simply does not like governing. Do we need further evidence than Katrina? I think not.
Sorry for the rant, being my first post on your site and all. I've been reading for some time; it's been a great help in getting TV specs together, especially the FAQ page. Very handy. Thanks!
I don't know why anyone's suprised over any of this. Not only is the man a brat, he's a bully. Remeber, back in elementary school, the guy who bullied everyone? Whenever he got caught doing it, ir was NEVER his fault.
Same thing ol' Shrub does:
Yellow cake? The big bad CIA didn't force me to take this piece of sh*t "intel" out of my State of the Union speech.
War in Iraq? Yeah, well, he wanted to kill my Diddy! Besides, Hans Blix? That dude ain't even Ahmericun.
Stealing the election? I did NOT! Diddy's friend on the Sue Preme Court says I won it fair and square!
Committing treason by leaking the name of a CIZ covert operative? I did not! I just told Turd Blossum to take care of it. Besides, her husband say mean things about my to the NY Times, that's 'bout as bad as trying to kill my Diddy!
Oh, I could go on, but we've all heard this garbage before.
I'm just soooooo depressed that we have to put up with him for another 3 years. Hopefully, all this blatant disregard for people's rights will make enough of a negative impression and the Republicans get thrown out of the majority in the upcoming elections.
Damn typos! CIA!
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