Daily Archives: June 20, 2008

Meet the New Boss. Same As the Old Boss

“Although both were absent from Washington and did not participate in the negotiations, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain on Friday offered qualified approval of the compromise worked out this week on electronic surveillance of terror suspects.

Ah stealth ! So essential for backstabbing. If you’re “not there” then you really can’t be held responsible, can you?

“The deal, designed to clarify the conditions under which American intelligence agencies can intercept phone calls in pursuit of possible terrorist, was a difficult compromise that neither the White House nor Democrats in Congress fully embraced.”

“Difficult”

“Not fully embraced”

Pull the other leg its’ got bells on!

“Mr. McCain was more supportive of the agreement, saying that while he would have preferred a Senate version that gave the president more flexibility in ordering wiretaps, he would vote for the deal reached on Thursday.

“I hope Senate Democrats will allow this matter to quickly be considered by the Senate and sent to the president for his signature,” Mr. McCain said in a written statement. “I will support this measure and hope that politics will be put aside in favor of this vital national security matter.”

And the Magic Negro?

“Mr. Obama’s response was more wary and nuanced.
Senator Barack Obama’s Statement:
“Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. There is also little doubt that the Bush Administration, with the cooperation of major telecommunications companies, has abused that authority and undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court orders.
That is why last year I opposed the so-called Protect America Act, which expanded the surveillance powers of the government without sufficient independent oversight to protect the privacy and civil liberties of innocent Americans. I have also opposed the granting of retroactive immunity to those who were allegedly complicit in acts of illegal spying in the past.
After months of negotiation, the House today passed a compromise that, while far from perfect, is a marked improvement over last year’s Protect America Act.
Under this compromise legislation, an important tool in the fight against terrorism will continue, but the President’s illegal program of warrantless surveillance will be over. It restores FISA and existing criminal wiretap statutes as the exclusive means to conduct surveillance making it clear that the President cannot circumvent the law and disregard the civil liberties of the American people. It also firmly re-establishes basic judicial oversight over all domestic surveillance in the future. It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses. But this compromise guarantees a thorough review by the Inspectors General of our national security agencies to determine what took place in the past, and ensures that there will be accountability going forward. By demanding oversight and accountability, a grassroots movement of Americans has helped yield a bill that is far better than the Protect America Act.
It is not all that I would want. But given the legitimate threats we face, providing effective intelligence collection tools with appropriate safeguards is too important to delay. So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives and the liberty of the American people.”

See? a wary and nuanced way of throwing us under the bus. So different from —

Senator John McCain’s Statement:
“For months, House Democrats, the ACLU, and the trial lawyers have held up legislation to modernize our nation’s terrorist surveillance laws. Today, the House passed a compromise bill to end this impasse. While I would have preferred to see the Senate bill enacted, which I voted for earlier this year, I am pleased Congressional leaders and the Administration were able to reach an agreement to reform our current surveillance law and not let FISA expire in August. I hope Senate Democrats will allow this matter to quickly be considered by the Senate and sent to the President for his signature. I will support this measure and hope that politics will be put aside in favor of this vital national security matter.”

See?

See?

There’ a real difference there. John McCain will hand us a one-way ticket to Hell whereas with Obama we get Purgatory!

And we all know what that’s like.

“Brazil,
where hearts were entertaining June
We stood beneath an amber moon
And softly murmured ‘Someday soon’
We kissed
and clung to-geth-er
Then,
tomorrow was another day
The morning found me miles away
With still a million things to say
Now
when twilight dims the sky above
Recalling thrills of our love
There’s one thing I’m certain of
I will
return
to old
Brazil”