The Rutland Herald ran my rant about the FISA bill fiasco in today’s edition. Not that my voice amounts to anything more than a sneeze in a tornado. The Philadelphia Inquirer also commented on this horrible legislation and what it means for Democrats:
It’s incredible to hear Democrats try to justify their capitulation on grounds that they forced Bush to accept an additional $95 billion worth of domestic spending. Unemployment insurance and higher-education benefits for veterans, great stuff. But since when is it right to horse-trade over the cherished, constitutional right to privacy?
And there’s an update on Obama’s stand on this bill: He supports it! Yes, he’s using the same scare tactics Bush has used the past seven years:
Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over.
As Glenn Greenwald points out, the reason the illegal program will be over is because the Democrats just made it legal. That’s been going on throughout the Bush administration, first aided by the Republican-controlled Congress, but now with just as much support from the Democrats. And it looks as if we’ll have at least four more years of the same crap even if Obama wins in the fall… as he has now fully endorsed this behavior.
It’s funny, though, that with all the dire warnings about how the terrorists hate our freedoms and want to take it from us, the only people who have attacked those freedoms are the White House and the Congress. Who should we fear most?
For more info on this disgraceful bill, check out the ACLU.