Tag Archives: FISA

Roundup for Thursday 4/16/2009

Check out this cool BMW ad that was put up in response to an Audi ad across the street: **** Joe Klein on the alleged divisiveness of Obama: Given the fact that Obama had to take dramatic action, at home and abroad, to start lifting the country from the mess Bush made almost everywhere–and also […]

US Congress ratifies transition from republic to fascist dictatorship

Yesterday the Senate approved the new FISA legislation which includes telecom immunity. Bush should happily sign this bill into law soon. This law, fully embraced by most of the Democratic party (including Barack “I will filibuster any bill that includes immunity” Obama) codifies two major affronts to our former Constitutional republic: 1) The President can […]

Obama should act like McCain will win

At the center of the flap between Greenwald and Olbermann was Obama’s reversal of his hardline stance on FISA/Telecom immunity. This is what Obama said back in January: I strongly oppose retroactive immunity in the FISA bill… The FISA court works. The separation of power works. We can trace, track down and take out terrorists […]

Two followup notes

1) Keith Olbermann, in a Special Comment, responded to just about every Glenn Greenwald criticism from last week: Bravo Keith. Thanks for finally saying what you should have from the beginning. 2) The Columbia Journalism Review is right on in its criticism of the press coverage of the tizzy between the Obama and McCain campaign […]

Olbermann shills for Obama?

(Three Updates below) In a scathing post yesterday, Glenn Greenwald accused MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann of carrying water for the Obama campaign. Greenwald says Olbermann abandoned his rhetoric on telecom immunity / warrantless domestic spying now that Obama supports it. Here was Olbermann addressing Bush in January: There is not a choice of protecting the telecoms […]

We gave up privacy years ago

The always emotional Arthur Sibler wants us to keep the impending FISA “compromise” law in perspective. He’s not saying we should support the Democrats and Obama despite their betrayal (or cowardice), because they are the lesser of two evils. What he is saying is that we ceded the right to privacy long ago: I do […]

Killing the Fourth Amendment

Updated Below From page 5 of the The FISA Amendment Act of 2008: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a civil action may not lie or be maintained in a Federal or State court against any person for providing assistance to an element of the intelligence community, and shall be promptly dismissed, if the Attorney […]

Preserving equal treatment under the law

I noted Monday that Congressional Democrats were planning to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications corporations (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) who aided the Bush administration in illegally spying on us. (Read my explanation of the telecom immunity issue here and/or check out this scathing NY Times editorial) The Hill and Dow Jones are reporting that this is […]

Democrats still just the lesser evil

In the last decade the Republican party has methodically tacked further and further to the fringe. I’m reluctant to say they’ve moved more to the ‘right’ because I still associate the ‘right’ with conservatism. However, I don’t think there is anything remotely conservative about the prevailing Republican ideology. Republicans are now the party of endless […]

Republicans terrorizing America

ter·ror·ism     (t?r’?-r?z’?m) n.      The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. Watch this actual advertisement from House Republicans: Astoundingly pathetic isn’t it? Check out this satirical […]