jake's mom

2.13.2006

Silly Republicans

From Fark:

Apparently, many Republicans were outraged beyond belief about the President's overstepping of FISA and the Fourth Amendment in authorizing "secret searches."

What? Yes, I did say that right. The Republicans, not the Democrats.

Oh. That's the source of confusion. I'm talking about the late '90s, not today. You know, back when Clinton was President.


Seven judges on a secret court have authorized all but one of over 7,500 requests to spy in the name of National Security. They meet in secret, with no published orders, opinions, or public record. Those spied on May never know of the intrusion. Now, Clinton has expanded the powers to include not only electronic, but physical searches.

The aftershock of the Oklahoma City bombing sent Congress scurrying to trade off civil liberties for an illusion of public safety. A good ten weeks before that terrible attack, however with a barely noticed pen stroke President Bill Clinton virtually killed off the Fourth Amendment when he approved a law to expand the already extraordinary powers of the strangest creation in the history of the federal judiciary.


Hmmm. But for some reason, they don't seem to be as outraged anymore.
posted by brian at 4:57 PM | Permalink

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