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Warrantless Wiretaps Are Still Illegal

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 4:00 AM


President Bush continues his sales pitch about how we absolutely must listen in on the phone calls of terrorists, and that it is essential the telecoms be granted immunity.

Yet Bush also continues his threat to veto any legislation which does not contain such provisions, which makes the issue protecting the telecoms, rather than monitoring terrorists.

More importantly, our security needs to function regardless of our catching the right phone call or e-mail. Giving telecoms and the government carte blanche to institute surveillance and the steps that follow without anyone being responsible or a mechanism for citizen redress/recourse through the legal system is both bad security and inconsistent with the founding values of this country.


If Ralph Nader were truly serious about bringing reform to the political system, he wouldn't have been hiding under a rock for the past eight years.


The makers of Lipitor are pulling their ads featuring Dr. Robert Jarvik because it's been discovered that a shot of an older man rowing is not Jarvik, but a body double. Also, there are concerns that Jarvik is dispensing medical advice in the ads.


And a Boot to the Head for CNN scraping the bottom of the barrel with 'Is Obama Patriotic Enough?' by questioning Obama's refusal to wear a flag lapel pin.


Note to the dumbass kid walking around Wondercon holding a plastic 'ninja dart' under his chin. If someone had bumped into you - not an unreasonable expectation in a crowded convention - there's a good chance that even an unsharpened, plastic weapon would go through the soft flesh under your chin.

That's only slightly less stupid than the mook carrying a naked sword over his shoulder. If you don't know to handle a weapon, even a replica, properly, you shouldn't be carrying it.

I'd hate to think Wondercon needs a weapons policy.



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