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4th-Aug-2007 12:51 pm

Senate Democrats Cave - Agree To Give Bush More Power To Spy On Americans Than Ever Before
The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal government’s terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order.

The 60 to 28 vote, which was quickly denounced by civil rights and privacy advocates, came after Democrats in the House failed to win support for more modest changes that would have required closer court supervision of government surveillance. Earlier in the day, President Bush threatened to hold Congress in session into its scheduled summer recess if it did not approve the changes he wanted.

The legislation, which is expected to go before the House today, would expand the government’s authority to intercept without a court order the phone calls and e-mails of people in the United States who are communicating with people overseas.
Goddamnit, this is NOT what I voted back in November to have happen now. Contact your representatives in The House and let them know that America does not wish to give the president unfettered powers to spy on us. As always, be outraged but polite.
4th-Aug-2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
This really illustrates that partisanship doesn't pay. Many democrats voted for this awful bill. Vilifying individual politicians and special interest groups may be more effective at creating political and voter change than using a broad brush to attack a party, since neither party actually has an operating, unifying philosophy. I'd rather be represented by principled Ron Paul than racist corrupt Barbara Lee.
4th-Aug-2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
God fucking damnit. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to vote, members of botht he Republican and Democratic party with any chance of being elected seem identical in every way. I remember being excited when the Republican majority in the house & senate was pushed out, but I have yet to see the Democratic majority do anything different than their Republican predecessors.
4th-Aug-2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised... and then i'm surprised that i'm surprised.
4th-Aug-2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
and you're surprised to find out that the almighty saviors of the world, the Democrats are just as big douches as Republicans? They are all big piles of steaming dogshit. None of them are worth the air they waste breathing. There's not a single politician alive that I would even entrust with the security of a porta-potty.
4th-Aug-2007 09:49 pm (UTC) - Maybe, but maybe not.
Democrats on a bad day are still 100 percent better than any douche-bag Bushinsta Republican supporters. This Democratic Congress still has done more in this session than anything the GOP did last year, so while this bill doesn't make me happy (and it's still being debated in the house), things could have been a lot worse.
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