Friday, December 16, 2005

Dude, the NSA has been conducting illegal wiretaps of American citizens at the President's request for over a year...

and the New York Times sat on the story of 12 months because the White House asked them to.

Remind me again why we aren't building fucking barricades in the street?

(By "we" I mean you guys: I'm too important to the movement. Plus, I'm a gimp.)


BTW, some people are amazed that the right wingers are willing to create such terrifying precedents of executive power. They seem not to have considered the fact that there might, in the future, be a possibility that one of the dreaded Clinton Commissars might regain the ring of power and weild these same fearsome, unchecked spyin' and torturin' powers. There are two possible explanations for this: 1. they're a bunch of short-sighted, dumb motherfuckers 2. they're all positive that the rapture is coming within the next three years or 3. they're all positive (for some dark reason) that they will never give up power again. I would give serious consideration to option 3.

2 Comments:

Blogger John M. said...

Mr Matthew, didn't we know about this already? When I saw the news, I just thought "Uh-Huh, I knew that." (And then Ray Charles/Pepsi sued me from beyond the grave for saying "Uh-huh.") Is there something different about this time that makes it more important? Wasn't this made OK by the Homeland Security Act? And since they made it OK, doesn't that mean they were already doing it anyway? I just don't see why this is big news. Can you clarify it for me, please?

9:05 AM  
Blogger matthew christman said...

Because, up until now, all the new wiretap powers had made it easier for the FBI to obtain warrants. This time, not only were NO warrants sought (which is illegal), but the spying was carried out by the National Security Agency, which is not chartered to carry out domestic electronic surveillance. Sure, it fits into the general theme of despotic, torturing assholishness of the administration, but from a technical standpoint, it really is a lot more serious. Ignoring the need for warrants and using the NSA shows that the White House has abandoned even the appearance of conforming to traditional constitutional restrains on the presidency.

5:48 PM  

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