Congress Swill

Have you heard of HR 1467?

Safe and Secure America Act of 2009 – Amends the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 to extend through 2019 provisions which: (1) authorize the use of multipoint or roving wiretaps for national security and intelligence investigations; and (2) allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to apply to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to grant government access to tangible items (books, records, etc.) in foreign intelligence, international terrorism, and clandestine intelligence cases.
Amends the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to extend through 2019 the inclusion of “lone wolf” terrorists as agents of a foreign power, for purposes of the authority to obtain intelligence on non-U.S. persons engaged in international terrorism.

That would be the fault of the following asshats.
* Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21]
* and 17 Co-Sponsors
o Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6]
o Rep. John Boehner [R, OH-8]
o Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7]
o Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6]
o Rep. Mary Fallin [R, OK-5]
o Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]
o Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24]
o Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3]
o Rep. Duncan Hunter [R, CA-52]
o Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4]
o Rep. Steve King [R, IA-5]
o Rep. Daniel Lungren [R, CA-3]
o Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6]
o Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16]
o Rep. F. Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5]
o Rep. John Shadegg [R, AZ-3]
o Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1]

(Oh, and AG Holder is on board with this too unless he’s radically changed tacks since he went from being a nominee and became an AG.)

The above, in short, pretty much continues the allowance of total
surveillance (maybe on you, maybe just on a brown person) to nigh any degree (as with our media as recently as a year ago) without a warrant so long as some judge somewhere “believes in cause”*), ‘as long as you’re involved or suspected of such in terrorism’ (which has a definition about as tractable as pornography) and, this may continue indefinitely without oversight.

It’s terribly adolescent of me but I’m resisting the urge to replace every instance of PATRIOT with (alternatingly) “Flagwaving” or “Jingoistic”. After the executive branch excesses of the last eight years you’d think I’d be less critical of the legislative branch…and there you’d be wrong. Partisan nonsense.

Moving on…..
Obama’s reprieve for CIA torturers illegal

That particular body of neo-cons that, normally, would be screaming about the notion of “international law interfering with the internal workings of the United States” (Best heard in a sort of Bill O’Reiley monotone) are Being. Really. Mighty. Quiet. Hmmmm. I wonder why……..

U.N. special rapporteur Manfred Nowak told an Austrian daily paper

“The United States, like all other states that are part of the U.N. convention against torture, is committed to conducting criminal investigations of torture and to bringing all persons against whom there is sound evidence to court,”

Reality check – if we bother with silly and irrelevant things like international treaties, or any kind of agreement ever with any other country, we have to actually abide by them or, you know, they don’t mean anything. We can’t just pick and choose when it’s politically expedient.
Ah whatever. Either torture by us bothers you or it doesn’t. For most of you, I don’t think it does. After all, most of the country could care less, right? (Most of my bile is gone, save for a special reserve I’m holding for the liberal blogosphere which doesn’t seem to care…I mean, The Messiahelventyone Hath Spoken, dig?))

This just in, U.S. still sucking the glass cock of Israel. For some reason. Same as it ever was. (See, “white” people don’t commit terrorism, they’re “freedom fighters” – but when those nasty “brown”
people do the same, they are bloody terrorists. How’s THAT for racism for ye?)

* actually I’m not convinced they’d need it. Maybe under Obama they might need a Judge. It’s disgusting how the parties can be told apart only via “degrees of police state bullshit” they’ll allow or put up with.


~ by Auntie Ranty on April 20, 2009.

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