“Specter Skeptical of Domestic Spy Program”

Sunday, January 15, 2006
Liberal Republican Senator Arlen Specter, according to the Associated Press, says "I thought they (the Bush administration) were wrong," on ABC's "This Week."

How does that old saw go? Be careful what you wish for---because you just might get it! Senator Specter is calling for hearings next month regarding the National Security Agency’s so-called domestic eavesdropping program. It appears that the Democrats are thrilled by this development. Huh? What are these people smoking? Are they that much out of touch with the majority opinion of the American public? This will almost certainly prove to be a fortuitous event for the GOP. By all rights, the Democrats should be running scared. There is little doubt in my mind but that most Americans see nothing wrong with our intelligence services monitoring incoming phone calls from terrorists to United States citizens. It is technically impossible to obtain court permission before doing so. Common sense dictates that the government can seek approval only after the fact. I easily predict that a minimum of sixty percent of those adults polled will back the White House. The Democrats are going to rue the day they ever started this nonsense.

21 comments:

Specter said...

Scared me when I saw the title....LOL

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David Thomson said...

“Scared me when I saw the title....LOL”

Don’t worry, the Bush/Hitler administration has assured me that your fingernails will be pulled out only with antiseptically clean pliers. You will also receive a two minute trial before being taken out and shot.

Seriously, the Democrat leadership is totally out to lunch. They truly believe that the Daily Kos crowd dominates American opinion. This is like watching somebody jump out of a plane at 20,000 feet without a parachute.

Specter said...

More like watching someone convincing someone else that it's ok to do....

Specter said...

Truly though....maybe this is another Rove master plan. I mean, how better to make the demoncrats look bad? Can you imagine Teddy "Splash" Kennedy reading from some news opinion magazine from 1962? It could be more fun that the Alito inquisition. Picture Biden in black and red robes, with a bishops hat saying, "um...we are the Spanish Inquisition. We do one thing.....um...uh....We do two things..." And on the show goes....

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Barry Dauphin said...

The Democrats will be using it to raise money from the Kos kidz, and Specter will be using it to make nice with the Dems after the Alito hearing. In fact the Dems' strategy is more evidence that they can't be trusted in power at the moment, because they can only think of the short term and not the long term. Given the state of the world, we have to be able to think long term, even when that looks silly or wrong in the short term.

Specter said...

It's so confusing.....ahhhhggg

Can I make Arlen change his last name?

flenser said...

From Specter to Smersh?

terrye said...

If it is fortuitous for the Republicans maybe Specter planned it all along.

One of the strong points for the Republicans is their ability to question from time to time..take that way and all that is left is small minded and partisan.

terrye said...

like you know who....

Knucklehead said...

The Dems are willing to roll the dice (they have a rapidly decreasing stock of public goodwill to lose, so what the heck, might as well shoot the wad) that somewhere in this is an eavesdropping escapade targetted at the administration's political opponents. I seriously doubt they'll find that, but they're willing to gamble on it.

What Smersh is after is another matter. No idea what that is other than the approval of a bunch of idiots.

markg8 said...

A little reality check for you.

The non partisan Congressional Research Service's report says no. The president doesn't have the authority to order secret intercepts of telephone and e-mail exchanges between people inside the United States and their contacts abroad.

The 44-page report said that Bush probably cannot claim the broad presidential powers he has relied upon as authority to order the secret monitoring of calls made by U.S. citizens since the fall of 2001. Congress expressly intended for the government to seek warrants from a special Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before engaging in such surveillance when it passed legislation creating the court in 1978, the CRS report said.

The report also concluded that Bush's assertion that Congress authorized such eavesdropping to detect and fight terrorists does not appear to be supported by the special resolution that Congress approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which focused on authorizing the president to use military force.

"It appears unlikely that a court would hold that Congress has expressly or impliedly authorized the NSA electronic surveillance operations here," the authors of the CRS report wrote. The administration's legal justification "does not seem to be . . . well-grounded," they said.

David Thomson said...

“markg8 said...

A little reality check for you.”

I love watching Markg8 and his buddies jump off the cliff. It is a beautiful thing to observe. He absurdly believes that his own view views represents the majority of the American public. Mark is in for a rude awakening.

flenser said...

Hmmm.

The administration's legal justification "does not seem to be . . . well-grounded," they said.

Somebody here gets their news from the WaPo. Do you know what was in the space currently occupied by " . . . . "???

Do you, mark?

markg8 said...

You can read the whole thing here.

Peter UK said...

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markg8 said...

Yes chickenhawk if you're planning to firebomb the NCSE don't bother. They just made the report available to the public at large.

Peter UK said...

"Yes chickenhawk if you're planning to firebomb the NCSE don't bother"

Markg8,Again your gross imagination leads you to grave error,it is quite impressive the way you can compress so many contradictory ideas into one sentence.
All joking on one side,it is deeply troubling that your political activism is turning to thoughts of violence.This has no place in democratic societies.
In the interests of everybody,including yourself,you seek help.

markg8 said...

Chickenhawk it isn't deeply troubling though pretty effing funny that you post boilerplate disclaimer as if it's some counter argument.

This is even funnier: "thoughts of violence. This has no place in democratic societies."

Tell that to the chickenhawk young Republican who thought it was a good idea to punch out Joan Jett at a Dem fundraising concert.

I'm still waiting Peety. The US Army just upped it's max recruiting age to 39 from 35. The minimum is only 17.You are 17 aren't you? The might even offer you citizenship.

Peter UK said...

Markg,Do you understand the word probable?

Joan Jett? Perhaps it was a music lover.