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We didn't watch Bush's speech

We spent the evening watching a marathon of viewers’ choice episodes of SVU on USA (two of our favorites made it, “Loss” and “Lowdown“).

We didn’t feel like listening to Bush’s dissembling. If you want to hear more fantasist BS about 9/11 and security and “winning” in Iraq, you can catch the transcript at Think Progress. Read and take some Tums to control the nausea.

(AP Photo/APTN)

Americans can expect some things of me as well. My most solemn responsibility is to protect our Nation, and that requires me to make some tough decisions. I see the consequences of those decisions when I meet wounded servicemen and women who cannot leave their hospital beds, but summon the strength to look me in the eye and say they would do it all over again. I see the consequences when I talk to parents who miss a child so much – but tell me he loved being a soldier … he believed in his mission … and Mr. President, finish the job.

I know that some of my decisions have led to terrible loss – and not one of those decisions has been taken lightly. I know this war is controversial – yet being your President requires doing what I believe is right and accepting the consequences. And I have never been more certain that America’s actions in Iraq are essential to the security of our citizens, and will lay the foundation of peace for our children and grandchildren.


Meanwhile, the Dark Lord of Torture and Illegal Surveillance did a little photo-op stop in Iraq…

(AFP/Pool/Lawrence Jackson)

Violence Surges as Cheney Visits Iraq. Love that WaPo headline. Also, Cheney suggested that the September 11 attacks on the United States could have been averted, if the government had the power to monitor electronic communications inside the country: “And in fact, it is consistent with the president’s constitutional authority as commander in chief…It’s consistent with the resolution that was passed by the Congress after 9/11.”


As far as Bush’s Domestic Spying for Security InitiativeTM goes, it is truly a time to catch our breath and contemplate how much damage this man has done to the country. We shouldn’t be talking about something as incredible as an administration that blatantly places itself above the law — as well as convincing the “paper of record” to sit on a story about the eavesdropping on Americans (for over a year).

It is frightening that the current occupant of the White House has such contempt for our Constitution — and, in fact, our democracy, a concept he clearly doesn’t have a grip on, even as he freely tosses the word around about his Iraq folly.

You wish that you could wake up and realize it’s just a tin-foil hat conspiracy, but sadly it’s not. It’s a clear pattern of contempt, as the Pentagon, under this Administration has compiled a secret database of Americans that are under surveillance for simply attending anti-war demonstrations.

The question is, what is going on that we are not aware of.


For more fun, see The Dark Wraith’s post (at B3 or his pad), Feds Question Student for Requesting Book of Mao Tse-Tung Quotations. The student was told by agents that the book was on a “watch list” (so those that check it out must be suspicious folks, right?) and because the student had spent “significant time” overseas, it triggered the escalated level of scrutiny. Hoo boy — it doesn’t take much to raise the paranoid hackles of this Administration.

By the way, the Freepers think that it was a good thing to do a little Homeland Security shakedown on this student (or that it didn’t happen). Are you surprised?

Actual Freeper Quotes™

“If a student had requested a book entitled “Why Homosexuality is Unnatural” then the professor would turn the student in to the thought police.”

“This nation needs to protect itself. Since we refuse to control any form of immigration, the next thing is to monitor suspicious people inside and outside of our borders. Suspicious activity sends up a red flag, well, then you will be watched. That is the very reason we have intelligence gathering. If you don’t set yourself up for it, it, (surveillance) won’t be looking over your shoulder without cause.”

“Any freepers that defend this action better keep their hypocrital mouths shut when Democrats abuse this power against conservatives.”

“You honestly believe that the govt spared a few DHS agents to go interview a kid about checking out Mao’s Red Book? They must be really busy in college towns. Plus, they must have a huge contingent in Berkeley just to do this!”

“I was told over 30 years ago. You do not use certain words on the phone. Certain words trigger recording devices. Such as assasinate, etc. I don’t know how true that is, but this govt, needs ways of looking for problematic situations.”

“But didn’t we see this kind of thing during the Clintons stay in the White House? The only difference, the Clintons were protecting themselves. I believe someone should be informed if people want to learn how to fly but not land planes. Or whether an individual is buying components for bombs. When other’s privacy depends on my freedom to live there seems to be a great concern there.”

“I’m glad Homeland Security checked up on him. Contact with countries we are at war with should at least raise an eyebrow. “Student” status, thanks to illegals and terrorists abusing our education system, can no longer be used to dismiss what could be obvious flags.”

“Somehow, I doubt that this ever happened. It’s a leftist propaganda piece that does not have a shred of truth to it.”

“I neither defend nor disagree with this action because the article does NOT give complete information. It was written solely to bash Bush and our Homeland Security.”

“Wait a minute. Who says this even happened? He refuses to release his own name? How about the names of the agents he was allegedly interviewed by? I do not for one minute put it past lefties to completely fabricate a story such as this, not for ONE minute.”

“When you see his contact list, I can only thank the folks at Homeland Security for letting this creep know that it’s not about the library but his contacts.”

“Did the student (he is so afraid) tell the professor, because the visit was about the professor? Or did he tell him something like, “we are so busted.” Inquiring minds want to know. This smacks of lies by the prof. Getting his spin out first. I am as nervous as anyone about giving the gov’t rights to monitor private activities w
ithout a good reason. But the good reason might be here.”

“The “We’re going to take things away from you for the common good” needs to be posted early and often. Talk about someone who needs to be on a watch list.”


Operation Flabbergasted, a DKos diary by smitheneus is a launching pad to blogswarm about the illegal acts of this Administration.

Every Senator needs to know there’ll be jolly hell back home if they don’t demand Bush stop it now. The MSM needs to be discussing the `constitutional crisis.’ There has to be a plan immediately to make this happen. I’ve got one.

We know that domestic spying by the NSA is Orwellian. We don’t need to wait for panels of experts to declare the obvious, that Bush’s policies violate the Fourth Amendment in the most fundamental way. Further, it is clear that the White House is panicking over the implications of this leak, very much as the Reagan White House panicked when the Iran Contra story broke and they thought impeachment might be looming. Bush’s radio address manages to be both offensive and defensive at one and the same time (it reminds one of the cornered Richard Nixon).

We also know that significant numbers of Senators and journalists are utterly fed up with the Bush administration’s record on civil liberties. Some are positively spoiling for a fight (if you don’t believe me, check out the grilling Terry Moran gave Alberto Gonzales about torture on Nightline Thursday). So we also know that it’s entirely possible for us, at this moment, to drive this issue home once and for all, if we can mount a worthy campaign.

The only campaign that would be worthy of this issue, in my opinion, will be one that produces the biggest fire-storm that Washington has ever seen. If we do not attempt to take back our country now, then when?

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