Book II: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Or, “How I learned to stop worrying about my liberties and love the two-party system”

by scut

Originally published Aug. 6, 2007 

So yesterday afternoon, the president triumphantly signed a new bill making legal his warrantless wiretap program.

so says the NY Times:

“They also said that the new law for the first time provided a legal framework for much of the surveillance without warrants that was being conducted in secret by the National Security Agency and outside the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the 1978 law that is supposed to regulate the way the government can listen to the private communications of American citizens.

“This more or less legalizes the N.S.A. program,” said Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies in Washington, who has studied the new legislation.

Previously, the government needed search warrants approved by a special intelligence court to eavesdrop on telephone conversations, e-mail messages and other electronic communications between individuals inside the United States and people overseas, if the government conducted the surveillance inside the United States.”

While in the past, it has not been unusual to see the president proposing legislation that seeks to justify his Constitution-bashing policies, it is a bit unusual this time around due to the fact that HIS PARTY IS NO LONGER IN POWER.

Weren’t the Democrats elected to put a stop to exactly this sort of overreach on the part of an Imperial President?

Then how could they let us down so badly?

Again from the Times:

“Democratic Congressional aides said Sunday that they believed that pressure from major telecommunications companies on the White House was a major factor in persuading the Bush administration to do that. Those companies were facing major lawsuits for having secretly cooperated with the warrantless wiretapping program, and now wanted greater legal protections before cooperating further.”

Oh, right, corporate sponsorship of the major parties. How could I have forgotten?

well it’s nice to know money still talks and the Fourth Amendment still walks, no matter which party is in control…

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