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We'd Like To Spy On You Some More

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2007 12:21 AM


Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell is seeking to expand the government's surveillance powers.

What a surprise.

McConnell is shopping around legislation that would reinterpret portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) the very same law that President Bush and his buddies at the NSA chose to disregard in implementing their illegal, warrantless surveillance program. And the only reason the Bush Administration could give us (including Ace Attorney Alberto Gonzales) was that, gosh, there's just not enough time to file paperwork. Why, a terrorist could be slipping out of our grasp even as we speak!

Then they tried to get their pet congressmen and fairy god-senators to pass a bill that would retroactively grant them the authority.

Now they're trying again. Trying so desperately to sell us this lovely picture of America Under Siege, that terrorists are oozing out of the very cracks in the walls. That they need the power to spy on people, domestically and abroad.

Right. The very people who classify documents at the drop of a hat, who sought to use an RNC-owned e-mail server to circumvent federal law, who have to be issued subpoenas before they give a straight answer they want more authority to spy on people like you and me.

I can't wait for a chorus of "If You're Doing Nothing Wrong, You Have Nothing To Hide."

But I'm not holding my breath for the media to point out the hypocrisy therein.



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