President Bush reveals Telcos spied on Americans.

All it takes is him getting his way and then suddenly the President is capable of being honest with Americans:

[…] Bush was praising the Senate for approving his long-sought update to a foreign surveillance law. Critics say the bill legalizes his warrantless wiretapping program, which was implemented outside the boundaries of the law, and frees phone and internet companies from any responsibility for violating customers’ privacy.

“The senate bill also provides fair and just liability protections for companies that did the right thing and assisted in defending America, after the attacks of Sept. 11,” Bush said.

As recently as his State of the Union address, Bush would only call for legal immunity for companies “believed to have assisted” in his so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program.

[…] On the eve of a vote to give telephone companies immunity for their alleged participation in the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretap program, White House spokesperson Dana Perino admitted that the companies actually spied.

Because they were patriotic.

“The telephone companies that were alleged to have helped their country after 9/11 did so because they are patriotic and they certainly helped us and they helped us save lives,” Perino told reporters at Tuesday’s press briefing.

There you go. Patriotism apparently means you don’t have to obey the law. President Bush ordered the telephone companies to spy on you and most of them complied in spite of the illegal nature of the request. John McCain seems to be hell-bent on being Bush’s third term in office so keep that in mind when it comes time to cast your vote.

There’s still a chance that the immunity provision might be stopped as it was only the Senate that approved it and the House version doesn’t have such a provision, but Bush has promised to veto any legislation that doesn’t include retroactive immunity. Will the House Democrats stand up for us mere citizens or will they cave in like the pussies in the Senate?

5 thoughts on “President Bush reveals Telcos spied on Americans.

  1. I just hope that the next President has the balls to imprison our current one for treason once he’s elected.

  2. It seems to me most of the bad shit that governments, and dictatorships have done through history is done under the guise of one ‘ism or another.  Patriot, nationalism, communism, capitalism, facism, chatholism, atheism.  It is all the same.  Wonder why burning a flag is so “bad”.  People make a country not ‘isms or retoric.  The neo-cons always use the same tactics to scare and control how we vote.  I think a good solution to the wire tapping thing is impeach Bush and put his administration up for war crimes (Iraq).  Unfortunatly people are to ill informed and apethetic…….Fuck Bush
    “The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”
    Hermann Goering
    German Nazi marshal & politician (1893 – 1946)
    It has all been done before.

  3. It’s not that I condone fascism. Or any ism for that matter. Isms, in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.”

  4. i was not saying you or anybody on this post condones fascism.  All i am saying is the current administration not only condones but are infact a bunch of fascist assholes.  We can not allow them to get more of a grip on our freedoms.  Pre WW2 Germany didn’t fall to this kind of stuff in one day, it was a slow erosion of one freedom then another.  I think we all know the end result. 
    I hope that it never gets that bad, but i think if we take the stance that “it can never happend here” we are doomed to repeat it.  What the Bush administration is doing right now is yet another example of their errosion of our rights and freedoms.
    At least there are good people like you guys still talking about these issues, hopefully we are willing to act if the time comes……..

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