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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-05-07 04:33 PM
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Robert Parry: Bush Gets a Spying Blank Check

Bush Gets a Spying Blank Check

By Robert Parry
August 5, 2007


On Aug. 4, Bush turned up the heat on the House. He called the spying powers contained in the bill crucial weapons in the fight against terrorism and declared that protecting America is our most solemn obligation.

Many Americans would disagree, arguing that the most solemn obligation is to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But the Democratic congressional leaders acted as if their highest priorities were getting away for the August recess and avoiding ugly attacks on their patriotism from Fox News and the right-wing media.

Instead of canceling the recess and using the month of August to fight over both Bushs extraordinary expansion of presidential powers and the Iraq War House Democratic leaders brought the Senate-approved Protect America Act of 2007 to the floor. It carried, 227-183, with 41 Democratic defections.

Trying to put the best spin on their defeat, Democratic leaders pointed to their one concession: a sunset provision that requires President Bush to seek renewal of his powers in six months.

However, not only is it hard to envision the Democrats finding more backbone to stand up to the soft on terror charge in an election year, but passage of the bill complicates the argument that Bush broke the law with his prior warrantless wiretapping.

Bushs defenders can now cite this broad legislative authority as giving, in effect, a retroactive congressional blessing to Bushs apparent violations of FISA, which requires a secret court warrant for eavesdropping and other spying inside the United States.

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liberal renegade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-05-07 06:27 PM
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1. he gets a blank check to do anything he damn well pleases
it's been that way since day one.... the little bastard knows no shame!
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