Tuesday, March 7, 2006


I'm sorry I'm late getting this up, but I had to be away for part of the afternoon. Here's Rockefeller's press release. Please come back here tomorrow for a post-mortem and next steps; the Roots Project bloggers (Glenn Greenwald, Jane Hamsher, John Amato, and others) and I already are at work on a response (including local action to make Snowe and Hagel pay some price for their abrogation of their oath to the Constitution). We're not done -- not by a long shot -- so please keep coming back. (You also can subscribe to email updates via the link to the right.)

OK, Rockefeller's press release:

March 7, 2006


Washington, DC - Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence rejected the Vice Chairman's proposal to conduct a thorough review of the NSA warrantless spying program. The Vice Chairman, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, has argued for months that the full committee must provide sufficient oversight in order to ensure that the program is constitutional, legal and effective.

The following is Senator Rockefeller's remarks:

"Today was an important day. There was a lot at stake for our country and all Americans, but my Republican colleagues would prefer to operate in the dark.

"Without knowing all the facts, I fear that any proposed legislation could have the unintended effect of jeopardizing the potential effectiveness of the program, while at the same time granting the President unfettered authority.

"Make no mistake about it, this program has the potential to be a valuable tool in the war on terror. But, it has to be done within the law, it has to have proper congressional oversight and it has to withstand judicial scrutiny.

"Last week, I spent six and half hours at the NSA going over the answers to 450 legal and operational questions I submitted. It was important for me to gain a more complete knowledge of the program and it was important for me to share with my colleagues the relevant questions we should be answering.

"As one of the few members of Congress who have been briefed on this program, I can honestly say the worst mistake we could make at this juncture is to legislate or attempt to amend FISA without having all the facts."



Anonymous said...

This is not the end, I hope, rather the oversight pannel will quickly see that:

A> The american people won't stand for this.

B> That Bushco did commit multiple thousands acts of illegal crimes

The tunnel around novemeber of this year is drawing close. Then well see. Either that, or some sort of god forbid Terriorist Attack that will see us into a Dictatorship.

Anonymous said...

No, this isn't the end; we're not summer soldiers. We gave Rove and Frist a MUCH closer shave than they expected, and they are going to pay a political price that, absent our efforts, they wouldn't have had to pay. And we built our network; every one of these battles makes us stronger. Seriously.

I'm not at all pessimistic; we're up against a tough team and I never thought winning would be easy.

That being said, I'm going to go get a beer now. I hope to see all of you here tomorrow, fresh, rested and ready to kick some ass.

Jobe said...

I'm ready to kick some ass now.
Thanks for encouragement, Thersites2.

Fight Back said...

We are developing our fighting skills by doing this work. I want to thank thersites2 for his relentless work. Count me in for the next round of ass kicking!!!

Anonymous said...


John Palcewski said...

The obscene farce continues, unabated. Chief Fascist Republican swine Karl Rove faxes Congress with his orders of the day, and every gooper follows in precise formation, goose-stepping their way to the total destruction of the Constitution, and the now outdated concepts of judicial review and congressional oversight. An imperial presidency is now upon us.

And the reaction of the electorate?

Well, guess what. Cheney's polls aren't as bad as they were made out to be. It appears now that the drunken shooting spree in Texas has NOT seriously affected fat ass's standing, nor diminished in any way his firm grip on the short hairs of congressmen. Oversee the secret spying? Forget it.

There should be outrage, but there isn't, except in the liberal blogs and we all know what that means. Karl has permanently redefined the term, so now we have to scramble around and find a new label, like progressive. Well, all right. Fine. I'm now a progressive.

This lack of public outrage is a very bad sign. I fear for America. It is being destroyed step-by-step, and the solid fascist swine "base" remains locked at 40 percent or thereabouts.

I say again, and I'll keep repeating it. Any American who votes in November for a Republican is a goddamned TRAITOR.

John Palcewski

reos said...

Hi guys.. - FYI - http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/03/07/124354-support-builds-for-spy-program-proposal

repub already off AP, timed 7.32EST

heads down, keep doing, and on with the good work

Christopher said...

It's a shame things turned out this way, thersites.

A few weeks back, I told what I was hearing from my sources: Sen. Pat Roberts had received his orders from on high -- no hearings because the outcome would surely lead to impeachment and Frist wasn't about to let this happen.

He would shut the Senate Intelligence Committee first.

These are not good people. Including Snowe and Hagel.