19 February 2008

What's all the fuss about your rights?

Bush wants to get his wiretap bill renewed. It's called the 'Protect America Act' and it gives him the right to continue with warrantless wiretapping. You gotta love that Orwellian name. According to this story, News: What's all this fuss over FISA? | bill, court, fisa, intelligence, government - OCRegister.com, the Republicans want Bush to have a free hand:

"It's not dumb luck that we haven't been hit since 9/11," says Rep. Ed Royce. The Fullerton Republican says that the government needs to continue to intercept the phone calls and other communications. He says those methods have thus far thwarted attempts to get money transferred to terrorist organizations, stopped terrorists from obtaining guns and ammunition and stopped attempts to plan future terrorists attacks in the United States, England, France, the Middle East and Pakistan.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher brought the issue closer to home.

"Just think about shutting down the interceptions because of some misplaced notion about protecting American rights and we end up with families being murdered at Disneyland because some messages weren't intercepted," said Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach."

I guess the message is to stay away from Disneyland.


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