That’s what Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey said about the new revision of FISA law which would give the Attorney General the power to issue warrant less wiretaps without any real overview of the FISA court. Yet in the end that’s exactly what many Democrats did:
There was no indication that lawmakers were responding to new intelligence warnings. Rather, Democrats were responding to administration pleas that a recent secret court ruling had created a legal obstacle in monitoring foreign communications relayed over the Internet.
They also appeared worried about the political repercussions of being perceived as interfering with intelligence gathering. But the disputes were significant enough that they are likely to resurface before the end of the year.
There’s a number of reasons I’m an Independent instead of a Democrat (there’s little hope of my ever being a Republican) and this is one more reason to tack onto that list. Too often the Democrats are more worried about doing what they think is beneficial to their careers over what is right and usually they’re wrong about how much it’ll help their careers to boot. It boggles the mind to think that Democrats prior to winning both houses in 2006 managed to keep similar legislation from ever seeing the light of day only to turn around once they have the majority and hand the Bush administration exactly what it wants and has been trying to pass for so long.
Good job, dumb asses. Looks like our hopes of Bush no longer having a rubber stamp Congress were just wishful thinking after all.
By the by, I need to track down a list of the Democrats that voted for this stupid bill so I can see if any of my representatives were idiotic enough to go along with it.