No more domestic spying
(been there, done that, made law against it!)

[All this bullshit about national security concerns justifying breaking the FISA
laws is amazing, yet nearly half the country says they support it.

Remember the uproar and prosecution for the people who eavesdropped on
Newt Gingrich's cell phone? Do our government officials deserve no less?

Remember, our government only has the rights specifically enumerated to them in the law and the constitution. It's time to start taking their money and 'priviledges' away, just like I do with my teenage kids when they get uppity.

FISA was put in place based after the last illegal NSA listening program, COINTELPRO and other programs, on the paranoid actions of the Nixon and Hoover (J edgar).

There are some wonderful documents at George Mason University's National Security Archive. (

There's a whole section called 'NSA declassified' - which contains Bush transition team memos written in 2000, that talk about issues with the new technologies.

While there, check out Bill Moyer's speech ("kingdom of the half blind")

Executive priviledge, the last refuge of a scoundrel

- CS
Rove Offers Republicans A Battle Plan For Elections

By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 21, 2006; A01

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove offered a biting preview
of the 2006 midterm elections yesterday, drawing sharp distinctions
with the Democrats over the campaign against terrorism, tax cuts and
judicial philosophy, and describing the opposition party as
backward-looking and bereft of ideas.

"At the core, we are dealing with two parties that have fundamentally
different views on national security," Rove said. "Republicans have a
post-9/11 worldview and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. That
doesn't make them unpatriotic -- not at all. But it does make them
wrong -- deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong."

Rove spoke at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee
and, with RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, provided a campaign blueprint for
fighting the Democrats. They spoke at the beginning of an important
election year in which Republicans are battling historical trends,
public unrest over Iraq and a spreading corruption scandal that
together threaten to reduce the GOP majorities in the House and the
Senate and possibly shift control of one or both chambers to the

At a time when Democrats have staked their hopes in large part on the
issue of corruption, Rove and Mehlman showed that Republicans plan to
contest the elections on themes that have helped expand their
majorities under President Bush. They see national security and the
vigorous prosecution of the campaign against terrorism at the heart of
the GOP appeal to voters.

Rove's RNC address was a rare public appearance at a time when he
remains under investigation in the CIA leak case that resulted in the
indictment and resignation of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff,
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Despite the investigation, Rove is still
Bush's top political adviser.

Taking no questions from the audience or the news media, Rove used his
platform to excoriate Democrats for "wild and reckless and false
charges" against Bush on the issue of domestic spying

Mehlman and Rove ... defended Bush's use of warrantless eavesdropping to gather
intelligence about possible terrorist plots. "Do Nancy Pelosi and
Howard Dean really think that when the NSA is listening in on
terrorists planning attacks on America, they need to hang up when
those terrorists dial their sleeper cells in the United States?"
Mehlman asked. Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the House minority leader.


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