Friday, May 12, 2006

HA! Take THIS Poll And Smoke It...

Are you outraged by the latest revelation of atrocities perpetrated by the Bush Administration against the American People?

Are you appalled by the information which was finally uncovered and brought to light at long last by USA Today Yesterday that President Bush is spying on phone conversations of tens of millions of innocent American Citizens?

Do you believe that something MUST be done to stop this over-reaching and oppressive Regime that has seized power in America and is trampling rough-shod over the Civil Rights of every American?

Then you are in the minority.

ABC News, in a desperate attempt to get back onto the right side of this issue, has published this article:

NSA's Phone-Call Program Meets Mixed Reactions

May 12, 2006 — News that the National Security Agency has tracked nearly every phone call made in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, has sparked more outrage from politicians than from average Americans.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll says that 63 percent think the secret program is justified, while 35 percent call it unjustified.

The article goes on to say that "What the government and phone companies did is probably legal. "

Well... Yeah. It IS legal.

President CLINTON signed into Law the Bill that MADE it legal.

According to the New York Sun " It was President Clinton who signed into law the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, after it was passed in both the House and Senate by a voice vote.

That law is an act "to make clear a telecommunications carrier's duty to cooperate in the interception of communications for law enforcement purposes, and for other purposes."

The act made clear that a court order isn't the only lawful way of obtaining call information, saying, "A telecommunications carrier shall ensure that any interception of communications or access to call-identifying information effected within its switching premises can be activated only in accordance with a court order or other lawful authorization."

The law that President Clinton signed into law and that was approved by voice votes in 1994 by a Democrat-majority House and a Democrat-majority Senate not only made clear the phone companies' "duty" to cooperate, it authorized $500 million in taxpayer funds to reimburse the phone companies for equipment "enabling the government, pursuant to a court order or other lawful authorization, to access call-identifying information that is reasonably available to the carrier."

Again, the law, by referring to "other lawful authorization," states clearly that a court order isn't the only form of lawful authorization possible."

So, now, let me get this straight...

If the program that we are supposed to be upset about is Unconstitutional, and violates our Civil Rights, then George W. Bush is not really the Villian here, President Clinton is. (Along with the Democrat controlled House and Democrat controlled Senate that passed it by voice vote, and sent it to Clinton's Desk for signature.)

That should be reason enough to NEVER AGAIN vote for another Democrat if you are REALLY upset about this supposed violation of your Civil Rights. If this is as bad as you say it is, the Democrats can NEVER AGAIN be trusted with power.

They just Can't!

If it is legal, and does not violate Civil Rights, then this program, along with the other Terrorist Surveillance Programs that have not yet been leaked to the New York Times and USA Today so that they can be announced to the Enemies of America and rendered ineffective, have contributed to the fact that America has not been attacked by Terrorists on our Soil since September 11, 2001.

I believe in assigning blame where it is actually warranted, and in giving credit where credit is actually due.

And, remember, Politicians live and breathe Opinion Polls, and on this particular issue, I am in the overwhelming Majority.

So, with that in mind, exactly how upset do you want me to get about this?

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