Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Privacy- now you see it; now you don't

Bush is either laughing his ass off or he's playing a game of "I told ya so". Told ya, told ya, told ya! He's probably adding a few "neener, neener's", too. Everything a bully would do. He won. He is the Decider. Don't forget it. Bush decided he wanted a broader range of spying on Americans, of warrantless wiretapping that has been determined to be illegal, and he got exactly what he wanted. The Democrats rolled over, and the Republicans gave their full support, too, to SB 1927 A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information and for other purposes.

Passing of this bill also gave Attorney General Alberto Gonzales all the marbles; he gets to be the big Kahuna Decider on what gets approved under this program, so Congress might as well pack up and go home. I only ask that no one acts surprised or offended when one of their constituents got caught into the wiretrapping program when Oma & Opa were calling from Germany. Military families with loved ones in Iraq- yeah, when your loved ones call, they could be listening in on you, too.

I don't get it. Were the Dems afraid they would miss their flight to Bimini? Were they in such a hurry to get on vacation that they handed over all of the keys to the kingdom. Or maybe it was Bush longing to head to Crawford and clear some brush, ride his bike with only occasional appearances in front of the camera to assure us this president has it all under control. He is the president behind the black curtain. In the month of August, now you see him, now you don't. Maybe, just maybe, he wanted to ride into Crawford wearing his black hat, riding his black horse, with this bill tucked neatly under his belt along with this curious triumph. yeehah!

Thomas Jefferson warned us that "A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither"

Here's your Senate Hall of Shame roll call for today; those listed voted yes. Diane Feinstein (CA-D), in supporting the bill is drinking the purple koolaid of this administration issued a statement that said in part We are living in a period of heightened vulnerability, and must give the intelligence community the tools they need to protect America. This administration hasn't earned our trust with regards to our privacy & freedom and frankly, I am tired of the fear card being played.

CO Allard, Wayne [R]
WY Barrasso, John [R]
IN Bayh, B. [D]
UT Bennett, Robert [R]
MO Bond, Christopher [R]
KS Brownback, Samuel [R]
NC Burr, Richard [R]
DE Carper, Thomas [D]
PA Casey, Robert [D]
GA Chambliss, C. [R]
OK Coburn, Thomas [R]
MS Cochran, Thad [R]
MN Coleman, Norm [R]
ME Collins, Susan [R]
ND Conrad, Kent [D]
TN Corker, Bob [R]
TX Cornyn, John [R]
ID Craig, Larry [R]
ID Crapo, Michael [R]
SC DeMint, Jim [R]
NC Dole, Elizabeth [R]
NM Domenici, Pete [R]
NV Ensign, John [R]
WY Enzi, Michael [R]
CA Feinstein, Dianne [D]
SC Graham, Lindsey [R]
IA Grassley, Charles [R]
NE Hagel, Charles [R]
UT Hatch, Orrin [R]
TX Hutchison, Kay [R]
OK Inhofe, James [R]
HI Inouye, Daniel [D]
GA Isakson, John [R]
MN Klobuchar, Amy [D]
AZ Kyl, Jon [R]
LA Landrieu, Mary [D]
CT Lieberman, Joseph [I]
AR Lincoln, Blanche [D]
FL Martinez, Mel [R]
MO McCaskill, Claire [D]
KY McConnell, Mitch [R]
MD Mikulski, Barbara [D]
AK Murkowski, Lisa [R]
NE Nelson, Ben [D]
FL Nelson, Bill [D]
AR Pryor, Mark [D]
KS Roberts, Pat [R]
CO Salazar, Ken [D]
AL Sessions, Jefferson [R]
ALShelby, Richard [R]
OR Smith, Gordon [R]
ME Snowe, Olympia [R]
PA Specter, Arlen [R]
AK Stevens, Ted [R]
NH Sununu, John [R]
SD Thune, John [R]
LA Vitter, David [R]
OH Voinovich, George [R]
VA Warner, John [R]
VA Webb, Jim [D]

Just for good measure, I'll throw in another quote from Jefferson, who by the way, is not only rolling over in his grave, but weeping for our country as he does. “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny"

Would this be complete without a list of the spineless members of the House who also voted yes? I thought not. 82% of the Democrats voted yes.

AL-4 Aderholt, Robert [R]
MO-2 Akin, W. [R]
LA-5 Alexander, Rodney [R]
PA-4 Altmire, Jason [D]
MN-6 Bachmann, Michele [R]
AL-6 Bachus, Spencer [R]
LA-6 Baker, Richard [R]
SC-3 Barrett, James [R]
GA-12 Barrow, John [D]
MD-6 Bartlett, Roscoe [R]
TX-6 Barton, Joe [R]
IL-8 Bean, Melissa [D]
IL-13 Biggert, Judy [R]
CA-50 Bilbray, Brian [R]
FL-9 Bilirakis, Gus [R]
UT-1 Bishop, Rob [R]
TN-7 Blackburn, Marsha [R]
MO-7 Blunt, Roy [R]
OH-8 Boehner, John [R]
AL-1 Bonner, Jo [R]
CA-45 Bono, Mary [R]
AR-3 Boozman, John [R]
OK-2 Boren, Dan [D]
IA-3 Boswell, Leonard [D]
LA-7 Boustany, Charles [R]
FL-2 Boyd, F. [D]
TX-8 Brady, Kevin [R]
GA-10 Broun, Paul [R]
SC-1 Brown, Henry [R]
FL-5 Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]
FL-13 Buchanan, Vern [R]
TX-26 Burgess, Michael [R]
IN-5 Burton, Dan [R]
IN-4 Buyer, Stephen [R]
CA-44 Calvert, Ken [R]
MI-4 Camp, David [R]
CA-48 Campbell, John [R]
UT-3 Cannon, Christopher [R]
VA-7 Cantor, Eric [R]
WV-2 Capito, Shelley [R]
PA-10 Carney, Christopher [D]
TX-31 Carter, John [R]
DE-0 Castle, Michael [R]
OH-1 Chabot, Steven [R]
KY-6 Chandler, Ben [D]
OK-4 Cole, Tom [R]
TX-11 Conaway, K. [R]
TN-5 Cooper, Jim [D]
CA-20 Costa, Jim [D]
AL-5 Cramer, Robert [D]
WY-0 Cubin, Barbara [R]
TX-28 Cuellar, Henry [D]
TX-7 Culberson, John [R]
AL-7 Davis, Artur [D]
TN-1 Davis, David [R]
KY-4 Davis, Geoff [R]
TN-4 Davis, Lincoln [D]
VA-11 Davis, Thomas [R]
GA-9 Deal, Nathan [R]
PA-15 Dent, Charles [R]
FL-21 Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]
FL-25 Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]
IN-2 Donnelly, Joe [D]
CA-4 Doolittle, John [R]
VA-2 Drake, Thelma [R]
CA-26 Dreier, David [R]
TN-2 Duncan, John [R]
TX-17 Edwards, Thomas [D]
MI-3 Ehlers, Vernon [R]
IN-8 Ellsworth, Brad [D]
MO-8 Emerson, Jo Ann [R]
PA-3 English, Philip [R]
NC-2 Etheridge, Bob [D]
AL-2 Everett, Terry [R]
OK-5 Fallin, Mary [R]
FL-24 Feeney, Tom [R]
NJ-7 Ferguson, Michael [R]
AZ-6 Flake, Jeff [R]
VA-4 Forbes, James [R]
NE-1 Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]
NY-13 Fossella, Vito [R]
NC-5 Foxx, Virginia [R]
AZ-2 Franks, Trent [R]
NJ-11 Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]
CA-24 Gallegly, Elton [R]
NJ-5 Garrett, E. [R]
PA-6 Gerlach, Jim [R]
MD-1 Gilchrest, Wayne [R]
OH-5 Gillmor, Paul [R]
GA-11 Gingrey, John [R]
TX-1 Gohmert, Louis [R]
VA-6 Goodlatte, Robert [R]
TN-6 Gordon, Barton [D]
TX-12 Granger, Kay [R]
MO-6 Graves, Samuel [R]
TX-4 Hall, Ralph [R]
WA-4 Hastings, Doc [R]
NV-2 Heller, Dean [R]
TX-5 Hensarling, Jeb [R]
CA-2 Herger, Walter [R]
SD-0 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]
NY-27 Higgins, Brian [D]
IN-9 Hill, Baron [D]
OH-7 Hobson, David [R]
MI-2 Hoekstra, Peter [R]
MO-9 Hulshof, Kenny [R]
SC-4 Inglis, Bob [R]
CA-49 Issa, Darrell [R]
OH-4 Jordan, Jim [R]
FL-8 Keller, Ric [R]
NY-3 King, Peter [R]
IA-5 King, Steve [R]
GA-1 Kingston, Jack [R]
IL-10 Kirk, Mark [R]
MN-2 Kline, John [R]
MI-9 Knollenberg, Joseph [R]
NY-29 Kuhl, John [R]
CO-5 Lamborn, Doug [R]
TX-22 Lampson, Nicholas [D]
IA-4 Latham, Thomas [R]
OH-14 LaTourette, Steven [R]
CA-41 Lewis, Jerry [R]
KY-2 Lewis, Ron [R]
GA-7 Linder, John [R]
IL-3 Lipinski, Daniel [D]
NJ-2 LoBiondo, Frank [R]
OK-3 Lucas, Frank [R]
CA-3 Lungren, Daniel [R]
FL-14 Mack, Connie [R]
IL-16 Manzullo, Donald [R]
TX-24 Marchant, Kenny [R]
GA-8 Marshall, James [D]
UT-2 Matheson, Jim [D]
CA-22 McCarthy, Kevin [R]
TX-10 McCaul, Michael [R]
MI-11 McCotter, Thaddeus [R]
LA-4 McCrery, James [R]
NC-10 Mchenry, Patrick [R]
NY-23 McHugh, John [R]
NC-7 McIntyre, Mike [D]
CA-25 McKeon, Howard [R]
WA-5 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]
LA-3 Melancon, Charles [D]
FL-7 Mica, John [R]
MI-10 Miller, Candice [R]
CA-42 Miller, Gary [R]
FL-1 Miller, Jeff [R]
AZ-5 Mitchell, Harry [D]
KS-1 Moran, Jerry [R]
PA-18 Murphy, Tim [R]
CO-4 Musgrave, Marilyn [R]
NC-9 Myrick, Sue [R]
TX-19 Neugebauer, Randy [R]
CA-21 Nunes, Devin [R]
NM-2 Pearce, Steven [R]
IN-6 Pence, Mike [R]
MN-7 Peterson, Collin [D]
PA-5 Peterson, John [R]
WI-6 Petri, Thomas [R]
MS-3 Pickering, Charles [R]
PA-16 Pitts, Joseph [R]
PA-19 Platts, Todd [R]
TX-2 Poe, Ted [R]
ND-0 Pomeroy, Earl [D]
NV-3 Porter, Jon [R]
GA-6 Price, Tom [R]
OH-15 Pryce, Deborah [R]
FL-12 Putnam, Adam [R]
CA-19 Radanovich, George [R]
MN-3 Ramstad, James [R]
OH-16 Regula, Ralph [R]
MT-0 Rehberg, Dennis [R]
WA-8 Reichert, Dave [R]
AZ-1 Renzi, Rick [R]
NY-26 Reynold , Thomas [R]
TX-23 Rodriguez, Ciro [D]
KY-5 Rogers, Harold [R]
AL-3 Rogers Michael [R]
MI-8 Rogers, Michael [R]
CA-46 Rohrabacher, Dana [R]
IL-6 Roskam, Peter [R]
FL-18 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]
AR-4 Ross, Mike [D]
CA-40 Royce, Edward [R]
WI-1 Ryan, Paul [R]
CO-3 Salazar, John [D]
ID-1 Sali, Bill [R]
OH-2 Schmidt, Jean [R]
WI-5 Sensenbrenner, F. [R]
TX-32 Sessions, Peter [R]
AZ-3 Shadegg, John [R]
CT-4 Shays, Christopher [R]
IL-19 Shimkus, John [R]
NC-11 Shuler, Heath [D]
PA-9 Shuster, William [R]
ID-2 Simpson, Michael [R]
NE-3 Smith, Adrian [R]
NJ-4 Smith, Christopher [R]
TX-21 Smith, Lamar [R]
AR-2 Snyder, Victor [D]
IN-3 Souder, Mark [R]
OH-18 Space, Zackary [D]
FL-6 Stearns, Clifford [R]
OK-1 Sullivan, John [R]
TN-8 Tanner, John [D]
MS-4 Taylor, Gene [D]
NE-2 Terry, Lee [R]
TX-13 Thornberry, William [R]
KS-4 Tiahrt, Todd [R]
OH-12 Tiberi, Patrick [R]
OH-3 Turner, Michael [R]
MI-6 Upton, Frederick [R]
MI-7 Walberg, Timothy [R]
OR-2 Walden, Greg [R]
NY-25 Walsh, James [R]
MN-1 Walz, Timothy [D]
TN-3 Wamp, Zach [R]
FL-15 Weldon, David [R]
IL-11 Weller, Gerald [R]
GA-3 Westmoreland, Lynn [R]
KY-1 Whitfield, Edward [R]
MS-1 Wicker, Roger [R]
SC-2 Wilson, Addison [R]
OH-6 Wilson, Charles [D]
NM-1 Wilson, Heather [R]
VA-10 Wolf, Frank [R]
FL-10 Young, C. W. [R]

p.s. for those Congressional staffers who have a google alert on their legislator, I'm glad you found my blog. Yes, this isn't flattering to your boss and yes, we are paying attention. When it comes time for your re-election, we aren't going to forget this vote or any of the others that gave away our freedoms. I just wanted you to know.


Nemesis of Evil said...

For all the damage Fox News has done to this country's collective intelligence, level of information and ability to think rationally, Fox's "24" may wind up having just as negative an impact by convincing even Congress that we can protect ourselves through espionage and torture.

When people ask what Anna Eshoo has done for this community, expecting to come up with a list of wasteful pork projects, it's nice to be able to point to stuff like this.

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