I promise, I’ll just spend it on role-playing games and video games and maybe funny T-shirts. Sure, that means that you’ll be throwing your money away: but at least you won’t be throwing it away on somebody who will then turn around and sh*t on your face when it comes to domestic data trawling. And clearly you people on the Activist Left can’t figure out a smart way to fund your anti-FISA crusade, so all y’all might as well give up and give it to somebody who at least won’t keep doing the Bad Thing to you.
When contacted, a Pelosi aide did not dispute the minority leader’s assertive role in influencing Democrats, but passed along a letter Pelosi sent to the president today raising skepticism about the NSA’s surveillance powers.
“Dear Mr. President,” reads the letter. “Although the amendment was defeated 205-217, it is clear that concerns remain about the continued implementation of the program in its current form. Although some of us voted for and others against the amendment, we all agree that there are lingering questions and concerns about the current 215 collection program.”
The letter goes on to question whether the bulk metadata collection program sufficiently protects the privacy of Americans, whether it could be tailored more narrowly and whether the law is being implemented in a manner consistent with Congress’s intent. An aide later emphasized that Pelosi did note declare an official leadership position against the amendment, meaning there was no whip or count established to see how Democrats would vote.
The amendment was, of course, Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to alter NSA/FISA procedures: and as the above shows, it failed by a razor-thin margin. Foreign Policy pretty much summed up what happened in the title of the first linked article (“How Nancy Pelosi Saved the NSA Surveillance Program”), but perhaps we need to be a bit more explicit about things, here. God forbid that Nancy Pelosi avoid credit for being such a tireless defender of FISA; we wouldn’t want her light to remain under a bushel. Continue reading @NancyPelosi is being FAR too modest about her protection of FISA.
President Obama’s choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won’t prosecute intelligence officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration’s policy of “enhanced interrogations.”
Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Republican from Missouri and the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview with The Washington Times that he will support Eric H. Holder Jr.’s nomination for Attorney General because Mr. Holder assured him privately that Mr. Obama’s Justice Department will not prosecute former Bush officials involved in the interrogations program.
(Via Hot Air) You know, I was going to come up with all sorts of snark directed towards the people who are swearing at this NYT headline (“Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal“) – but then I remembered that, really, there’s no sport to it when it comes to this bunch.
So let me just present them with their new theme song, via Beck.. Enjoy!