I was over on Dell Gines’ blog ranting a raving about Bush and I thought, I haven’t written much about that devil in a while. Actually, I was having fun ignoring him but he’s going to address the nation tonight so I’d like to perform a pre-emptive strike and let you know about the lying sack of human feces we call President.
#1 Terrorist Surveillance Program: Sounds really good doesn’t it? In fact, it sounds too good for a the leader of the Murderous Republcana Reich to come up with. Well, he didn’t. Right wing kooks from NewsMax.com coined the slogan on New Years Day. Our brain dead, untreated alcoholic, cocaine sniffing President didn’t use the term until February 6th.
Oh, and what of the lies he told about the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program.
Shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Bush authorized the National Security Agency to carry out warrantless eavesdropping on the communications of U.S. residents — an apparent violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Yet, at an April 20, 2004, “conversation on the USA Patriot Act” in Buffalo, New York — after the warrantless eavesdropping program had been in effect for at least two years — Bush stated:
BUSH: Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution. LInk: SOURCE
QUESTION: In 2004, when you were doing an event about the Patriot Act, in your remarks you had said that any wiretapping required a court order, and that nothing had changed. Given that we now know you had prior approval for this NSA program, were you in any way misleading?
BUSH: I was talking about roving wiretaps, I believe, involved in the Patriot Act. This is different from the NSA program. The NSA program is a necessary program. I was elected to protect the American people from harm.
He can really lay some big ones cant he. Well, we now know that he was lying because it has come to our attention that the government is collecting millions of phone numbers for the purpose running them through an algorithm to determine if there are any connections to terrorist. Now, correct me if I’m wrong but in order for them to connect a phone number to a terrorist, they’d need the phone number of at least one terrorist suspect, right? And if you have that number, why not just track that suspect’s calls and save time and not circumvent the law? But when you have a man with the brains of pea pod, you just can’t expect much.
Adding insult to injury, it is now known that the government is tracking the phone calls of journalist:
Federal official says US tracking calls made by ABC News, New York Times, Washington Post A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the
government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out Confidential sources.
“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation. We do not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.
One former official was asked to sign a document stating he was not a confidential source for New York Times reporter James Risen. Our reports on the CIA’s secret prisons in Romania and Poland were known to have upset CIA officials. SOURCE
One of the cornerstones of a Democracy is a free press. We already know that President Bush doesn’t believe this. After all, rather than tout the benefits of his No Child Left Behind bill in the press. He paid Armstrong Williams to do it for him. I’m sure spying on the press will put a nice chill over those anonyms tips. And the less Americans know what their government is doing the better off we are.
Golly gee I wish I could stop now but I haven’t even gotten into the hypocrisy of this administration. Let’s take tonight’s speech. He’s sending 5000 National Guard troops to the border for support. That sounds like some well armed secretaries if you ask me. But here is the thing, the 2006 budget called for 9790 new border patrol agents. But when the Bush puke revealed their budget, it only added funding for 210 new agents. SOURCE
Well, there you have it, another addition to the Chronicles of Bush Bashing. You will notice the counter to the right.