The Democratic Congress will likely solidify their spineless nature with the upcoming extension and broadening of domestic eavesdropping legislation.
In the 2006 campaign, Democrats gave stump speeches against the egregious expansion of executive power. Now, they don’t want to be viewed as weak on terrorism.
Instead of Robert’s Rules of Order, its the Republicans Rules of Order. The hasty August bill, that the administration now wants extended, was called the “Protect America Act.” Republicans control the language of discourse and the Democrat swine won’t stand up and get a quorum.
The parameters of debate focus on terrorism, not civil liberties. American freedoms are secondary to spying and, therefore, the terrorists have won with this sacrifice of our freedom.
The Republicans justify spying in two ways.
No. 1 — “It’s a small sacrifice to keep Americans safe.”
James Madison counters:
“The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.”
No. 2 — “If you have nothing to hide, let the government listen.”
Americans shouldn’t have to forfeit their right to privacy based on the ideal of trust. It should be the reverse. Americans should be trusted because they’re innocent until proven guilty. (But the paralleled assault on habeas corpus has showed this isn’t an isolated issue.)
This proposed spying bill is broad with the protection of civil liberties assigned to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a concealed rubber-stamp court that would likely allow little sunshine to details or violations.
Also, the telecommunication companies that participated in the previously secret program would be given immunity.
Telecoms get the immunity because Big Brother needs their cooperation — again.