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Friday, September 15, 2006

War on Terror: LIMITS TO SURVEILLANCE BILL BLOCKED

Washington (AP)---Senate Republicans blocked Democratic attempts to rein in President Bush's domestic wiretapping program Wednesday amid a sustained White House cmpaign to give the administration broad authority to monitor, interrogate and prosecute terrorism suspects.

***The Republicans have been pretending like they are trying to distance themselves from Bush. But when it comes down to it, they go back into session and vote for what Bush wants. They are his lapdogs and need to be replaced. We need stronger representatives than those who go and "rubber-stamp" for this president! BUSH IS NOT A PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE! I don't care how many speeches he makes. Those who listen to him only for the meer fact that he is a president, are just as bad as he is. He has done nothing for the people except try to scare you while he goes behind your back and takes away your rights. You "may think" that it's not affecting you, but just wait. You have no idea what is going on out there.

Las Vegas Sun
By: Laurie Kellman
September 13, 2006

While refusing to give the president a blank check to prosecute the war on terrorism, Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee kept to the White House's condition that a bill giving legal status to the surveillance program passed unamended.

It's called "rubber-stamping!"

By voice vote and roll calls, Republicans defeated Democratic amendments to insert a one-year expiration date into the bill and require the National Security Agency to report more often to Congress on the standards for its domestic surveillance program.

***When you are the majority in both Houses, like the Republicans are, they are going to do what the Republican White House wants! The Democrats are out numbered. It is as simple as that. It's not like they haven't been trying to work for the people, because they are the only party that has been. But the White House isn't for "The People." The White House is for "itself!" And this White House is not for "The People!"

We just don't want to see the Americans' rights abused for the next 50 or 60 years because of an oversight on our part," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who joined some Republicans in opposing some amendments offered by her Democratic colleagues.

But the Republicans countered that the bill represented the best deal on the matter and should not be amended---conforming with the White House's condition that Bush would sign it into law if passed unchanged.

***Once again, "rubber stamping" for the White House. The Republicans don't even try to listen to reason or they are threatened by the Bush administration. Is that the kind of people you want representing you? The weak?

The deal is part of the White House's election-season campaign to preserve its ability to fight the war on terror despite congressional concerns about civil liberties.

***Our forefathers seen this years ago and said that it was up to the people to make the right choices. If the people didn't make that right choice, we would end up in a dictatorship like we were before the Revolutionary War. The framers of our constitution made laws to make sure that any president is not above the law. But with these Republicans, we will soon become a dictatorship. The American people don't know what that is and let's face it, we are too arrogant to comprehend what it means!

A parade of White House officials seeking support for legal tools against terrorists was to culminate Thursday with an appearance by Bush himself before House Republicans anxious to maintain their majority in the November elections.

***When Bush says "terrorists," he's not talking about foreigners. He is mostly talking about American-born citizens. That's something a lot of people haven't put into perspective yet. He uses words like Guantanamo detainees, al-Qaeda, etc., to make it appear as if that is what he is talking about. It's not! He's talking about us! Ask yourself this: Why does Bush want to get into "everybody's" phones? Or, wht does Bush need to get into "everybody's" computer's? These are the beginnings of a dictatorship!

Under firm pressure from the administration, Republicans were expected to advance seperate versions of bills to give legal status to Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, but also impose some restrictions not embraced by the White House.

Behind-the-scenes negotiations were intense Wednesday. As the Senate bill moved toward committee approval, the House Judiciary Committee abruptly canceled its markup that had been scheduled to happen simultaneously. This reason for the cancellation wasn't immediatly clear.

Spector, sponsor of one administration-backed bill, acknowledged that GOP lawmakers fighting for re-election may not embrace a measure bearing Bush's stamp of approval.

***Spector, of all people! He's the one that is always calling for hearings on Bush because he claims that he is unconstitutionaly breaking laws. Now look at what he's doing! Sponsoring the administration's-backed bill. What a phony! He only calls for hearings so that the Republicans can explain their side of things and nothing gets done. Spector is a liar and needs to leave Congress!

"It is popular to have bills that are not White House bills," Specter (R-PA), told reporters recently.

He was speaking of Republican support for the House version, which is opposed by the White House because it imposes more restrictions on the program than Specter's.

***Don't believe that! Hastert (R-IL) is one of the White House's lapdogs. This is what the House Republicans want you to think. Hastert doesn't want you to think that they are doing anything for the White House. Don't forget, the House are the ones that are worried about their seats this election-season!

Sponsored by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), and endorsed by House GOP leaders, that measure would require the president to wait until an attack has occured to initiate wiretapping without warrants,a provision administration officials say would hamper the White House's ability to prevent attacks.

***Sounds terrific, if it were only true. Like I said, the House Republicans are going to do anything to win back their seats. Even make up phony bills, because they know that it will never happen. The White House usually gets what it wants!

Instead, the Bush administration has given Specter's version a highly conditional endorsement, as long as it is passed unchanged---not a sure thing given the amendments and substitutes that await it on the floor.

Specter's bill would submit the warrantless wiretapping program to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for a one-time constitutional review and extend from the current three days to seven days the time allowed for emergency surveillance before a warrant application is submitted and approved by that court.

The proposals were 2 of several bills to alter or change portions of Bush's war on terror that inspired him this week to send several emissaries to Capitol Hill.

Vice President Dick Cheney and other top aides encountered stiff resistance from senators and House leaders. The standoffs raised questions about whether the president could unite Republicans on his anti-terror agenda before November's midterm elections.

Cheney and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten appealed to Senate Republicans during their weekly policy lunch Tuesday to pass legislation that would let the president begin prosecuting terror suspects. The legislation also would limit the circumstances under which a government interrogator could be prosecuted for mistreating a detainee.

CIA Director Michael Hayden also met with lawmakers this week on detainee treatment.



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