Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hoekstra's worn out FISA talking point

Here we go again Pete says...
the flawed bill has no liability protections for patriotic companies that may have heeded the government’s request to help protect the nation at its time of greatest need.

Bush says:
that he will not sign the bill if it does not give retroactive immunity to U.S. telecommunications companies that helped conduct electronic surveillance without court orders.

Pete says:
“By not including retroactive liability protection,” said Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, “Democrats are trying to resolve their differences with the administration on the backs of patriotic American companies that only wanted, and continue to want, to help keep our nation safe.”

From August of this year in an interview with Paul Gigot for Wall Street Journal's: Journal Editorial Report:
"These are companies who were doing the patriotic thing....They were helping the U.S. government, the American people, get the information that we believe we needed to keep us safe. They voluntarily participated, and now that the program is exposed, they've been open to all kinds of lawsuits."

They broke the law. Even though the clowns in power asked them to do it. That doesn't make it OK.

I did find this wonderful little snippet from his press release though:
"It could open a door for massive civil liberties violations by Congress.."

Pardon my language but since when has Pete Hoekstra even given a sh*t about our civil liberties??? Trick question...He doesn't. It's a classic political trick of attacking your opponent's strong suit. I'm not buying it, and I sure as hell hope you aren't either.

Links to other stories on the same thing:
Michael Roston at Huffington Post
Declan McCullagh at CNET News

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Pete also forgot to add that the Bush administration started their warrant-less wiretapping of American citizens within a month of taking office and nearly a full 8 months before 9/11...

So if the warrantless ease dropping on American citizens was so important to protect us from terrorists, then WHY did 9/11 happen???

I'd like Pete to answer that for me. Why were Americans being spied on before 9/11?

Why were members of the Bush administration meeting with Telecos about his spying program BEFORE bush was ever even anointed President by the Supreme Court??

And if this program REALLY is so important to our safety... THEN WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T IT KEEP US SAFE BEFORE 9/11, 2001????

Just admit it Pete, you're full of shit and actively working to subvert the laws and principles of our nation.