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National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell: Give Me More Power to Eavesdrop


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RC
- 4298 days ago - truthout.org
Not satisfied with the hastily passed expansion of FISA, the Chief Spook is lobbying Congress not to sunset the bill - now repackaged as the "Protect America Act" - when it expires in January, but to expand its oversight permissions.



   

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RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 3:02 am
Doesn't this make you want to SCREAM??? Please check out the "myths & facts" sheet released by the Justice Department & the White House, designed to make you feel good about having a flashlight shined up your butt crack:

Myth/Fact: Key Myths About FISA Amendments in the Protect America Act
Provisions Of Protect America Act Of 2007 Must Be Made Permanent To Prevent Gaps In Our Ability To Collect Vital Foreign Intelligence Information

There - feel better now???
 

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 3:10 am
Please email your congressional legislators to tell them to DISMANTLE rather than enhance and lock in this perfidious act!

Congressional Email Directory
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 3:32 am
Noted great article cate..thanks...K
 

Carol W (119)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 5:13 am
Thanks for the links of interest.
Not that I can match any corporate contribution.
Seems they want money more than answers Cate.
........People with 6 figure incomes, unlimited pensions, annual pay raises and bonuses...are telling the slave working class they need our money to protect our rights.
.........................B. S....
........They raid and ravage soc. sec., increase taxes and then have the blatant drool to suggest they need more money.
Everyone is so corrupt and cushy, the job means nothing more than their own comfort.
Write letters. I have run out of pen and paper Cate.


 

Judith E (402)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 5:14 am
Grrrrrrrrrrrr
Noted.
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 5:58 am
Thank you Cate. I'll definitely write, but my rep, Doolittle, will just write back that he is behind Bush 100% and thanks for the input, write again. He IS going to be 'sunsetted'.

I hesitate to trivialize this important story with a comment on the picture, but the one you posted really does say a thousand words. Our country is being led by a man on the edge of insanity, who's 'cronies' seem to be proud of him in the manner of parents who's child did well in the school play. I don't know where you found it, but that pic turns my stomach worse than the story did.
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 6:01 am
All the more reason we HAVE to have someone in the white house who can fix all the weed has broken!

I'm writing right now. What happened to all the petitions I signed about this?
 

Beverly L (72)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 6:17 am
Protecting America my ass!!! What we need is protection from our own government.
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 6:56 am
The Democrats who defected over to the Republicans to get this legislature passed will pay for their action on election day in November. The people are waking up, and they're pissed off at what they're seeing.

Screw Mike McConnell. He already has power broad enough. it's bad enough that the bastards don't need a warrant thanks to a federal judge who was bought and paid for by the White House.
 

Aisha Mohammed (613)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:25 am
salaam Cate---noted and passed along for more awareness--we gotta get people to wake up---coffee is burning by now.. :(
 

Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:27 am
thanks, Cate for all your good work!! Sickening
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:31 am
Wado, Cate my dearest friend, I will definately write my reps today on this issue, im fuming...I can't believe
this one, when we all fought so hard....they just love going backwards instead of forwards...noted/w/upset...Much love and blessings to all...Dohiyi(peace)....let's hope for the best, with all
of us writing, perhaps we as one voice can change this...
FreeSpiritRunning...xxxooo
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:53 am
NEVER IN MY LIFE WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND READ 1984 DID I EVER THINK THAT WE WOULD HAVE SO MANY SPOOK AND THUG SPY AGENCIES .THIS IS OVER KILL I KNE THE CIA BUT NOT THE FISA. WE ARE MY FRIENDS I HATE TO SAY ALMOST HELPLESS WE CAN GO DOWN HOLLERING BUT WHEN THEY FINISH PICKING UP YOUR LEGAL BOUGHT FIREARMS AND START THE BUSES TO THE CAMPS GAMES UP. DID ANYONE HAPPEN TO SEE THE SPECIAL ON THE JAPENESE INTERNMENT CAMPS? THEY ARE ALL STILL READY MOSTLY.SOME HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN BUT THERE ARE 2 WITHIN 30 MILES OF MY HOUSE I KNOW I HAVE BEEN UP AND SEEN THEM. DON'T EVER THINK THEY DONT HAVEA PLAN FOR THOSE WHO DON'T GO ALONG TO GET ALONG AND MAKE TROUBLE. THEY DO. SOME CAMPS HAVE ILLEGALS IN THEM NOW NOT FAR FROM HERE IN TEXAS.I HAVENT BEEN INSIDE ONLY ONE IN SAN MARCOS TEXAS .1/2 WAS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THE OTHER HALF A MIXED BAG OF FEDERAL AND STATE PRISIONERS. C P R
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 9:06 am
McConnell, just another war monger ... Bring Our Troops Home, NOW!!!!

BREAKING: Jim Webb explains why we must Support the “Webb Amendment” and the Troops!
 

Belinda Velasquez (3)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 11:03 am
Oh, I am sure Bush is loving this guy. Whatever they can do to take away our civil liberties, they have already done and continue to do. We no longer have Habeas Corpus, thanks to the Bush Administration. You damn well know that anyone who has signed a petition against Bush and Cheney are on the long list of persons of interest. I don't want to sound like I am some kind of Big Brother is watching freak, but for God sake he is! We should have a right to our opinions, and not have to worry that because we don't agree with this Administrations continuous breaking of the laws of this country, that we will be spied upon. Rewriting the laws to better serve the Bush Administration is not what the American People want. If anyone has been listening what we want is the IMPEACHMENT OF BUSH AND CHENEY! Do not re-write the laws of this country to better serve the Bush Administration.
 

Mary H (47)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 11:35 am
Noted. Thank you Cate -- not much more to say as all has been said...
Writing again to elected (not my vote!) officials
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 12:00 pm
The United States of AT&T "[On Monday], one of AT&T’s former key attorneys, Peter Keisler, just took over the Department of Justice." Why is this significant? Read on to find out.
 

Dave Kane (308)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 12:06 pm
Addressing the controversy over the law, the Justice Department and the White House Tuesday issued a "myth and facts" paper meant to ease the concerns of civil liberties advocates and privacy groups that believe it gives the government broader powers than intended.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, called the effort a troubling "charm offensive."

"Let's have some truth in advertising. The act gives the president almost unfettered power to spy without judicial approval - not only on foreigners but on Americans," Nadler said.

-- My Rep -- Jerrold Nadler -- opened an office across the way from me. I rarely need to bug him, because he's one of the good guys. I even gave his office a gift (no not a bribe) when he first moved here.

NYC would pretty much tar and feather Dumbya if we had the chance -- now that would be a Real Crowd pleaser. We could raise a few hundred million overnight selling tickets to that event. And Cheney could be wheeled along in a cage along the route first so everyone could throw rotten food, their shoes, used diapers, or whatever and curse him. Then both of them, tarred and feathered, could walk back to Washington, in their bare feet, while the people showed their appreciation for their leadership.

I don't think they'd make it out of Manhattan. Maybe if they begged the crowd, they'd get the thumbs down to end it all then and there. Maybe.

-- But, unfortunately, they'll probably be statues erected to these pigs rather than any honest appraisals of what they have really done to the country and the rest of the world. But I like my daydream better : ) -- And they'd have to be chained together -- ankles hobbled; you know, like the Guantanamo detainess.

. . . just direct my feet, to the sunny side of the street : )
 

Carolyn T (234)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 1:26 pm
Good Grief! No one believed (I hope) that this would really be allowed to lapse into a "sunset" condition...surely not! It is not unlike using up leftover turkey from the holidays: it is served up to you again in a different form--turkey tetrazzini, turkey noodle soup, etc.--morphs into something else. Cate got that exactly right in her post leading me here. Dressing it up with patriotic language and bringing it back to us disguised is just another slap in the face.
 

Daniel Barker (35)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 1:49 pm
As a conservative and member Constitution Party I oppose Fascism. I voted Democrat Congress Libertarian/Green for Senate regime change day Nov. 7. It is obvious the Democratic Party is combining the worst elements of Fascism and Socialism and is just as bad as the Republicans.

We can begin by stop giving them money. Do not donate to Democrats voting Republican. Do not give money to corporations intent on taking your rights away. We are the ones with the power, the money in our pocket. We do not have to buy petroleum, meat, large homes, large appliances.

We can support candidates who will listen to us. If Al Gore had not committed the unpardonable sin of running against Ralph Nader instead of running with him he would be in the White House now and we wouldn't be in this mess.
 

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 3:51 pm
Securing Constitutional Democracy A corrupt campaign finance system, coupled with vulnerable electronic voting have eroded America's confidence in our elections. The USA Patriot Act and secret strategy meetings to set policy tear into the very concept of We the People. As President, Dennis will protect individual liberty and privacy and restore balance and fairness in America's electoral system....
Note that too often the Congress and other candidates for the Democratic nomination have been complicit in allowing these erosions of our liberties to take place. Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate to have voted against the Patriot Act. He did something the others should have: He actually read the bill just as he did the National Intelligence Estimate before the Iraq War vote. As a result he voted against the Patriot Act as well all the other right-robbing initiatives by this administration.
 

Katii L (124)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 4:33 pm
The only presidential candidate who talking about this stuff to you, and only one who has always voted AGAINST unconstitutional powers and who WILL reverse and repeal UNconstitutional laws (< ~~~ an oxymoron, but there we have it), is...

RON PAUL http://www.ronpaul2008.com/

 

Dolores H (2)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 4:56 pm
Yes, I agree. We clearly need more spying on regular citizens. I would feel so much safer if my elderly neighbor's phone was tapped, or the teenager across the street. Lord knows what he's talking to his girlfriend about. *sarcasm*
 

Dianne G (95)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 5:46 pm
Welcome to the 3rd world country! BTW, I emailed my senators and of course they are all for it!! I guess you know they are Bushies in Atlanta, GA ! It's Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Issacson! Assholes!
 

serge vrabec (278)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:59 pm
That is one sickening picture. We must do everything we can so that that invasive bill is quashed in Jan., I will call and write too. Impeach Bush! Thx Cate.
 

Linda H (199)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 8:00 pm
Give them inch they will take a 1,000 miles.Watch out!
 

Denice G (45)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 10:53 pm
This bill must be stopped. Enough is enough. I am disgusted by this so call government we are forced to put up with. thanks again Cate
 

Lisa Swift (79)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 11:05 pm
OUTRAGEOUS!!! It's bad enough that Congress increased the spooks' power to spy on American citizens with a sunset provision, but for them to want permanent powers without oversight is anathema, and it would not be long before Bushco decided that those powers were also too little. I don't want to see this "noble experiment" in governance go down the tubes and into dictatorship! GWB is not a king, but he thinks he has the powers of one, and now Congress has the obligation to deny another of his attempts to change our country into his own private fiefdom. This attack on the Constitution MUST NOT be allowed!!!!
 

Tassa Rose (13)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 11:37 pm
"Chief SPOOK" and "Protect America" in the same sentence? What IS WRONG with THIS PICTURE? We are not living in the America that existed only a decade or 2-ago. Our Founding Fathers would "Roll Over in Their Graves..." This is disgusting. Bush=BEAST who leads a Great Country to Unconscienable Depths of Despair through Deception....leading to Lack of Liberty, and NO pure Justice for all. The *SMIRKING CHIMP* indeed...we CANNOT be silent, and let him and his "Cronies" have the "Last Laugh!"
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 20, 2007, 3:18 am
Noted! Thanks for the story, Cate. Just what they need more power to spy on the American people. UNBELIEVABLE!
 

Charlene S (126)
Thursday September 20, 2007, 5:41 am
BUSH.........................HITLER...................THEY MUST BE RELATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Thursday September 20, 2007, 2:30 pm
Under the new law, the government can eavesdrop, without a court order, on communications conducted by a person reasonably believed to be outside the United States, even if an American is on one end of the conversation - so long as that American is not the intended focus or target of the surveillance.

....*sniff-sniff*.....Who farted?, because something
REALLY stinks about this! If anyone really believes the last
sentence of what's above, I have a lovely bridge in
Brooklyn I'd like to interest you in.
Thanks, Cate.
noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 20, 2007, 7:42 pm
This is not a government of the people or for the people anymore, it is a government of first of all idiots----but greedy idiots-----------you just don't know what to expect anymore-----------but I will tell you one thing -----where you least expect it--------you can count on it-----------BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING-----------
 

Jennie B (14)
Thursday September 20, 2007, 8:19 pm
These are the kind of people that support the greediness of Bush and despite his obvious unpopularity they continue to support him because they make money off of him or have a title and feel important for awhile until that, too, is a failure. What a crock! Even the dumbest downed American must sense by now their basic freedoms are threatened-never mind, I keep forgetting how strong DENIAL can be-still, most Americans do know and there is no outrage, no demands for change except among the activists on this site...what a lousy excuse for democracy we are....it's no wonder we have come to this-when the people of a country care more about the THINGS than they do about their COUNTRY and their FREEDOM then it's fall is inevitable-we are rotting from within from indifference, greed, and utter stupidity. Noted.
 

MIRIAM F R (50)
Friday September 21, 2007, 12:47 pm
Thanks for the post, Cate. Are we going from bad to worse? Noted !
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday September 21, 2007, 12:55 pm
Bonita: We're watching Big Brother, too! LOL!

Jennie: I'm beginning to believe the old statement
that people get the kind of government they deserve.
Judging by the complacency of about 98% of this
country, I guess that's probably true.
 

Nancy Vernand (187)
Tuesday October 2, 2007, 10:23 pm
The complacency is just more than I can handle but then again I am a product of the Vietnam Protestors and it seemed we have lost the middle class and a whole generation of young people to moral decay and drugs..and so the "war" goes on and our brave soldiers die as people ae shopping at the mallsworrying about what to buy. The rich give to the cultural arts but how about helping the homeless that once was unheard of in the United States. In California where it is warmer ther are so many, woman and children. We need to take care of our own nation and our present government is not going to do a thing!!! The 98% had better get there head out of the sand real soon. Border security.?.Come on over, it's a joke and very scary!!
 
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