it looks like president bush would like to know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. i would like to know who he has personally authorized the NSA to spy on domestically. and i bet they will block all attempts to gain access to that information on the basis of national security, which i would understand and support if it weren’t for the fact that i believe very strongly that this particular administration is precisely the group to fuck this up royally and abusively. right there on the face of it, the whole situation sounds bad without having heard any of the details. i bet it gets a lot worse if those details ever emerge in our lifetimes.
in the meantime the patriot act got blocked.
“None of us wants it to expire, and those who threaten to let it expire rather than fix it are playing a dangerous game,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat.
Leahy and others again offered to renew expiring provisions as now written for three months to give both sides time to resolve differences. But congressional Republicans leaders rejected it, and so did the White House.
“The president’s made it very clear that he is not interested in signing any short-term renewal,” said White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. “The terrorist threats will not expire at the end of this year. They won’t expire in three months. We need to move forward and pass this critical legislation.”
right. bush is really concerned with the safety of the nation. but if he doesn’t get the patriot act passed HIS way, then he’s willing to play politics instead.
in other news, here’s what we have to look forward to in march of 2006: a full-blown meltdown in the middle east?
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