Spineless Lawmakers Cave on Warrantless Surveillance
First up the Senate yesterday decided not to investigate the NSA wiretapping authorization. And what prompted this reversal? According to WaPo merely the Bu$hCo's signaling that it wouldn't make key witnesses available for testimony. But that's not all. Apparently, the Senate is also going to take up the issue of gutting FISA in order to give administration actions legitimacy after the fact, courtesy of Mike DeWine (R. OH).
Next, the House announces that will open it's own probe, and not to be outdone in cravenness by their Senate colleagues, Peter Hoekstra (R. MI) the Intelligence Committee chair, insisted that the probe would be, "...limited in scope, focusing on whether federal surveillance laws needed to be changed and not on the eavesdropping program itself."
So with the exception of one Federal judge that insisted that information about the program be released, the other branches of government are rushing to abdicate their responsibilities. The executive will break the law. The Justice Department will seek out and try the whistle-blowers. The legislative will cover for the executive, and unlike Watergate, this will all happen in full view of the public.
This is what our nation has been reduced to.
HT to Mikevotes at BATCotE for the head's up on the Senate's dropping the ball.
It just makes me smile..whilst holding a small pistol to my forehead.
- Bu$hCo breaks the law and admits that it will continue to break the law.
- Republicans, who do not believe in the rule of law, cover for the President and refuse to investigate.
You have to admire gall like that.
He must have threatened to take them "hunting."