Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont has just dropped the barest fig leaf onto his vote against the Durbin Amendment, which would restrict warrantless surveillance under national security letters to individuals who are — or who are even just connected to — a suspected terrorist or spy. Patrick Leahy rejected even that standard for warrantless surveillance. Senator Patrick Leahy just voted to let warrantless surveillance occur against people who are NOT suspected of terrorism, who are NOT suspected of being spies, and who are NOT even connected to any such person?
His reassurance, offered while he declared that position? Don’t worry, Americans. I’ll conduct oversight of the program myself.
Yes, that’s right. Senator Patrick Leahy will himself watch over the entire FBI warrantless surveillance program, right there from behind his desk in his office in the Capitol Building. You don’t need constitutional protections, Americans! Senator Patrick Leahy will make everything work just right! With his super powers and the mask and cape he keeps hidden underneath his suit jacket. Who needs laws with standards and constitutional protections when you have the Super Senator’s X-Ray Vision?
In related news, Senator Amy Klobuchar just made the mistake of opening her mouth during the meeting. Senator Klobuchar indicated that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, declaring that she would vote AGAINST the Durbin Amendment, and justifying her opposition by reading the TEXT of the Durbin Amendment and saying that the Durbin standard is good enough for her, which is why she would be voting AGAINST it. Senator Durbin responded by pointing out, in very small and easily understood words, that she was reading the text of the Durbin Amendment, declaring her support for the text of the Durbin Amendment, and then saying she’d vote against the Durbin Amendment! Despite having this absurdity pointed out to her, Senator Klobuchar plugged on and voted no, against the Durbin Amendment. She won’t let logic, consistency, syllables or wordy things get in the way of her marching orders. Amy Klobuchar is today’s argument against rational choice theory in politics.
Senator Klobuchar simply doesn’t know what she’s doing. Rank incompetence is embarrassing, but at least it is an excuse. Senator Leahy has been around long enough to better. His fig leaf doesn’t cover a thing.
By the way, in case you were wondering, both Senator Leahy and Senator Klobuchar are Democrats. Note this: Democrats are now pushing through warrantless surveillance programs. Democrats are now openly declaring that they want to use surveillance against Americans without warrants, even against Americans who aren’t suspected or connected to terrorism or spying. Big Brother, unconstitutional, unaccountable spying against Americans: it’s a Democratic Party thing.