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August 04, 2007

Reichert Votes to Demolish the Bill of Rights

Dave Reichert has sealed with a kiss his support for Bush's unconstitutional grab for authoritarian power by voting for the recklessly devised FISA bill. It is cynically titled the "Protect America Act", a chilling reminder of it's predecessor, the equally Orwellian named "Patriot Act", which was also rushed through the Congress with dire threats and fear-mongering as inducements. Sickeningly, 41 House Democrats voted for the bill, but none of them represent Washington State.

There should be no pretense that spying on American citizens through their phone calls, letters and email messages is some sort of imperative to keeping us safe from terrorist attacks. The bill gives the president (by dint of his consigliere, Abu Gonzales) wholesale power to eavesdrop. surveil and data-mine his way into every aspect of our personal lives without even having to show the most basic probable cause to a FISA court judge. The likelihood that Bush and Cheney and Rove will use the personal information gathered to smear, blackmail and destroy political opponents is quite strong. It will certainly be used to intimidate critics into silence and inaction. The primary intent is to create fear among politicians and the populace.

This grab for power is, in my opinion, an act of treason. And Dave Reichert is complicit in it. Up to his eyeballs.

Posted by shoephone on August 4, 2007 at 09:44 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


All the more reason to consider alternatives, I'd say. (like http://www.darcyburner.com) Reichert and Doc Hastings are the only Washington state Representatives I recognize who voted for this abomination.

I just can't help thinking that our democracy died today. I hope I'm wrong, and that we can somehow step back from this, but with these slimey bastards representing us it's hard to see how that's going to change.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Aug 5, 2007 12:08:22 AM

Cujo - Washington's terrible trifecta included Cathy McMorris-Rogers as well. You know she'd never want to be left out of this Constitution- shredding party.

Posted by: shoephone | Aug 5, 2007 12:39:19 AM

With a number of Dems voting for this and other abominations, one has to wonder if Bushco is blackmailing politicians with dirt gleaned from illegal surveillance. If they aren't yet, they will be.

Posted by: op99 | Aug 5, 2007 12:56:15 AM

Maybe we should notice that Cantwell and Baird did vote nay and send them a note of thanks and support.

And then ask Murray why she didn't vote ? (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003821099_spying04.html)

Posted by: robert | Aug 5, 2007 11:15:14 AM

Robert - I totally agree with you. We need to give credit where credit it is due. I would add Adam Smith to the list of those to thank.

Murray needs to be seriously challenged (and chastised)for not voting on this crucial issue.

Posted by: shoephone | Aug 5, 2007 11:30:29 AM

Why would the Democrats allow this to happen? Fear. No, not fear of any real threat to the country (after all not one person has ever been brought to trial and convicted of any terrorist activity based on information obtained via the Patriot Act or violations of the FISA ACT). In fact Democrats in congress were afraid that if they did not capitulate to Whitehouse and Republican demands to make these dictatorial revisions to the FISA ACT they might be prevented from taking their MONTH LONG SUMMER VACATION!

By the way, just to add an ironic twist to this latest cluster f%^&* from our new Democratic Majority; in applying pressure to the Democrats, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the following:

"Al Qaeda is not going on vacation this month and we can't either until we know we've done our duty to the American people."

Well Senator, Al Qaeda is still not on vacation, our Troops are not on vacation, the Iraqi people are not on vacation but, as of 1am today, the United States Congress has joined the Iraqi Parliament for a month away from the grueling work of doing your “duty to the American people.”

Chad (The Left) Shue

Posted by: Chad (The Left) Shue | Aug 5, 2007 7:54:33 PM

Good post. The Democrats sure don't look like a party that has strong control of the House. Where is their leadership? It seems to have disappeared after the first 100 hour celebration. Maybe the Speaker is too busy speaking to be a leader.

For what it is worth, I heard that a different kind of FEAR motivated the recalcitrant Democrats. I heard that the gang of 41 voted for the Bill, because they were afraid that a terrorist strike would occur while they vacationed.
Of course. they would be blamed for the attack, if they had not voted for this bill giving Bush the tools he needs to prevent attacks. I wonder if any of them ever noted what Bush has done with the obscene number of tools that have been given him. Tools given by Congress freely at the expense of our Civil Liberties. Jack

Posted by: jack Smith | Aug 7, 2007 10:18:47 PM

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