17 February 2006

No wiretapping probe: Republican-led Senate gives Bush full reign

No more checks and balances. The Senate has decided to allow the Bush administration to do whatever they please. No oversight. Warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens? No problem!

Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.

From today's Washington Post:
The Bush administration helped derail a Senate bid to investigate a warrantless eavesdropping program yesterday after signaling it would reject Congress's request to have former attorney general John D. Ashcroft and other officials testify about the program's legality. The actions underscored a dramatic and possibly permanent drop in momentum for a congressional inquiry, which had seemed likely two months ago.

Senate Democrats said the Republican-led Congress was abdicating its obligations to oversee a controversial program in which the National Security Agency has monitored perhaps thousands of phone calls and e-mails involving U.S. residents and foreign parties without obtaining warrants from a secret court that handles such matters.

"It is more than apparent to me that the White House has applied heavy pressure in recent days, in recent weeks, to prevent the committee from doing its job," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), vice chairman of the intelligence committee, said after the panel voted along party lines not to consider his motion for an investigation.
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1 comment:

  1. I heard about this on NPR last night and thought "well, that's it".

    The Republican Congress had shown increasing agitation over this scandal in particular, and I thought they were actually going to act. I guess not. They've just ceded any power they may have had.

    What's really disturbing is that Democratic Senators didn't grab every available media outlet and start a coordinated campaign of letting the people know that the President may have broken the law, and the Republican majority in the Senate is simply refusing to investigate it. They're so worried about coming off as shrill that instead, they come off as spineless and cowardly. They need to dominate the message. Do Republicans ever worry about sounding shrill? No. They don't care, because shrill or not, at least they're being heard. And that's all that counts, obviously.