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[BuzzFlash Note: Warning: Lots of pessimism and anger expressed herein. The Senate vote enabling further domestic spying and expanding executive powers has not been well-received, shall we say?]
What was Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) thinking when he told Senate colleagues it was a "sad day" when that body started taking its marching orders from an outsider (the president and the director of national security), in passing a new version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that gives the president a free hand to spy on communications of Americans without a judicial review?
Is he implying that this is the first time the Senate has done this?
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo
If only tragedies in America would trigger greater compassion for the anguish of those in other nations. If only American pain would bring a deeper understanding of the pain felt by others in the world.
Sometimes it does.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
A long way from "straight-talk," this is he who speaks from both sides of his mouth, John McCain, it's his version of political spin double talk! He's got his political flak jacket on, wading through a campaign quagmire, in an attempt to make us believe the troops will be coming home. "What Petraeus is going to say is not that we can start to withdraw," Mr. McCain said. "We're seeing progress," he said, and the Iraqi army is getting better. That means: "We're going to be able, in months ahead, to move into bases." And then, "when the situation warrants it," we'll be able to take the next step of withdrawing." Petraeus is George Bush's hand-picked lap dog general, and McCain knows it! Petraeus will be saying whatever Bush wants him to say come September, don't look for the truth, don't look for our troops on the horizon, it's not part of the Bush/Cheney PNAC plan! Bill Moyers, a man who can be trusted for straight talk: "When September comes, you can count on more appeals for delay or excuses. That's the formula for perpetual war ..."
That's like a defensive husband who tells his wife,
"I did sleep with a hooker I met in this bar
But we had sex in a hotel room a few blocks away;
We didn't do it in the backseat of my car!"
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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by Dave Zirin
Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the last place on earth I would have expected a "structurally deficient bridge" to collapse, but it happened. As sure as the levees broke in New Orleans, the bridge is no more. Now the state of Minnesota is living a nightmare where people I speak with are alternately devastated and furious: two parts tears, one part rage, with the ratio shifting by the hour.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
It’s a roller-coaster ride that we all can’t seem to get off of.Just when the Dems at least are talking tough (even if they aren’t acting tough), they let Bush and Cheney intimidate them into giving them more spying powers. This appears incomprehensible for a number of reasons, including the repeated illegal use of spying powers by the Bush Administration, perjury concerning that activity, and the generally accepted knowledge that the enhanced spying powers are meant for partisan purposes, not for fighting terrorism.
Can’t the Democrats just say "no," as in "Sorry, you have proven that you can’t be trusted with increased spying powers, in fact you are still failing to fully inform Congress and the American people about the illegal spying you have conducted in the past and are still, apparently, conducting"?