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Archive for June 20th, 2008

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on June 20, 2008

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Civics Lesson: They’re Doing It Wrong

Posted by MEC on June 20, 2008

Just what part of

No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed

do 293 members of the House of Representatives just not get?

Posted in abuse of power, Constitutional crisis, FISA | 6 Comments »

Get Steny

Posted by Charles II on June 20, 2008

Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, the Republicans, and the Blue Dogs betrayed their oaths of office today by voting to immunize telecommunications companies for their past unlawful wiretapping of Americans. This represents an overreaching of congressional powers into the judicial realm, an obstruction of justice, and a slap in the face to the citizens who brought the lawsuit in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation says:

Privacy rights and the rule of law took a serious blow today when the House of Representatives passed blanket retroactive immunity for phone companies that participated in the president’s warrantless surveillance program. The FISA Amendments Act, H.R. 6304, which House Leadership rushed to the floor today after its introduction yesterday, passed by a vote of 293 to 129. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week.

The one Republican who voted Nay is Johnson of Illinois. 105 Democrats joined the treachery:
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Posted in abuse of power, Democrats, FISA, NSA eavesdropping, obstruction of justice | 3 Comments »

How Quickly People Forget

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 20, 2008

It’s been disappointing, to say the least, that Senator Obama hasn’t spoken out again, publicly and forcefully, against the FISA telecom immunity fiasco that Steny Hoyer has decided must happen.

Yet, in answer to those who would gloat over this because they backed another candidate, Glenn Greenwald reminds us that there is another powerful Senator and major presidential candidates who has done somewhat less:

I remember a few months ago, when the Senate was preparing to vote on amnesty and FISA, and we had to force statements out of Clinton and Obama. Both of the statements they issued were vague and non-committal, and I and many other bloggers were extremely critical of both. In response, Obama almost immediately issued a much clearer and more committed statement. Clinton never did. Were you yelling and kicking and screaming back then like you claim today you would be doing if she were still running? I don’t recall that.

Just a little reminder. (Here’s another one.)

UPDATE: Some people are saying “Yeah, so what? She’s not the nominee.” Well, Obama isn’t either — he’s just the presumptive one at this point. Back in February, Senator Clinton was the presumptive nominee. She had promised the month before to oppose telco immunity.

Instead of whipping up support for the immunity-stripping FISA bill amendment, she didn’t even bother to show up for the vote. Obama at least managed that — during the height of the primary battle — and managed to vote for the immunity-stripping amendment.

So when you hear people saying that the results on FISA would have been better if Hillary was in Obama’s position: Well, not so long ago, she was in his position, and she did have the chance to use her position as presumptive nominee to mobilize opposition to immunity. Instead, she didn’t even bother to show up for the vote.

Neither Senator has covered him/herself in glory on this. But you can’t pretend that Senator Clinton was or would have been better on this than Senator Obama, because she’s already shown that she wouldn’t be — and wasn’t.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, Barack Obama, FISA, government malfeasance, Hillary Clinton | 3 Comments »

“…now may not be the best time for a campaign trip.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 20, 2008

Iowa’s governor had privately asked both major presidential candidates to please stay away from the flood-ravaged areas of his state:

An aide to Gov. Chet Culver said Thursday that Republican presidential candidate John McCain ignored the governor’s request to cancel a campaign visit amid a massive flood recovery effort in the state.

“As a courtesy — and as we did for Senator Obama — we privately made an effort to make sure that Senator McCain knew that state and local resources were still being deployed to support the flood fight and that now may not be the best time for a campaign trip,” Dillon said in a statement.

Senator Obama complied, instead working with local authorities to find out where help would do the most good, then directing his and his volunteers’ efforts to assisting with sandbagging and other efforts in the river towns not yet hit by the flood.

Senator McCain, on the other hand, blew off the governor and did his damned photo-op anyway. (Oh, and McCain voted against flood control money for Des Moines, calling it “pork”.)

Remember when Bush showed up in New Orleans and pulled first responders off the job for his photo-ops? McSame’s doing the same thing.

(Massive hat tip to dansac.)

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, Barack Obama, Bush, distractions, eedjits, John McCain, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 2 Comments »

 
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