Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bush, GOP leaders lie to America again, play the "fear card"


The conservative Washington Times on it’s front page verified that Bush and GOP lied to America about FISA, shamelessly using again the terrorist tactic of fear.

"Many intelligence scholars and analysts outside the government say that today’s expiration of certain temporary domestic wiretapping laws will have little effect on national security..."


"We have space on the calendar today for a politically charged fishing expedition, but no space for a bill that would protect the American people from terrorists who want to kill us"

--Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the minority leader, 2/14/08

"There is really no excuse for letting this critical legislation expire. I can assure you that al-Qaida in their planning isn't thinking about politics, they are thinking about hurting the American people again. I guess you got to come to the conclusion that there's a threat to America, or not a threat, I mean, evidently, some people just don't feel that sense of urgency. I do."

-- GW Bush, 2/14/08

The reality:

- as explained by Richard Clarke, former head of counterterrorism at the National Security Council,

"Let me be clear: Our ability to track and monitor terrorists overseas would not cease should the Protect America Act expire. If this were true, the president would not threaten to terminate any temporary extension with his veto pen. All surveillance currently occurring would continue even after legislative provisions lapsed because authorizations issued under the act are in effect up to a full year.

Simply put, it was wrong for the president to suggest that warrants issued in compliance with FISA would suddenly evaporate with congressional inaction. Instead - even though Congress extended the Protect America Act by two weeks - he is using the existence of the sunset provision to cast his political opponents in a negative light."

For this president, fear is an easier political tactic than compromise. With FISA, he is attempting to rattle Congress into hastily expanding his own executive powers at the expense of civil liberties and constitutional protections.


Anonymous said...


Is this anything to do with Bush not wanting to go to Africa? He says he has to stay home, now, to ensure that this vital legislation is enacted. So, he's sending Condi Rice, possibly the worst Secretary of State we've had since WWII to "solve" that problem.

NPR was all over this story this afternoon, but knowing the networks and cable outlets they're all reporting it with a straight face and a sense of urgency in their collective voice. It would be so nice if Pelosi, for once, would not back down after making a statement like the one she made today. Unfortunately, I have no faith that she will stand firm.


Anonymous said...

Morning, William:

According to a piece I saw overnight, Pelosi says there will be no vote on the Bushco request to continue violating the 4th Amendment. If she holds to that I will stop hating her until at least monday.

Your old buddy, Mark Rosefertilizer is making his usual stupid noises. This time it's about the IRS persecuting christians by investigating a Southern Baptist minister who endorse Huckabee in a letter written on church stationery.

Ned Williams is running with it over at MCB.


Mickey said...

Funny how the liberals and the far right agree that this bad law should expire.

Anonymous said...


Please explain how the far right and the liberals agree on this item. More to the point, why would someone have to other than middle of the road to not think the proposed legislation would never pass the smell test.