If people really believe that the source of good government is God, and not the actual people in government, then I propose an experiment to test their hypothesis. Instead of having senators, and congressional representatives, and judges, and Executive Branch officials show up to work, let’s have them just stay home and pray to God for the next year.
In the Senate confirmation yesterday of Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder about his legal opinion regarding the FISA Amendments Act. This FISA Amendments Act, for those of you joining in late, is the law passed in July
One aspect of yesterday’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has gone unreported by the news media. In the morning session of hearings, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder whether as Attorney General he would support the reauthorization of Section 215 of
We have had years of Attorney Generals who won’t answer the question, “Is Waterboarding an act of torture?” Now Attorney General nominee Eric Holder has come out and said what is obvious: “Waterboarding is Torture.” In further confirmation testimony yesterday on the treatment of prisoners,
That’s what they say. But honey, the Attorney General collapsed long ago. Leaders of the Federalist Society assembled in the room to hear Mukasey speak asked that everyone pray for Mukasey’s well-being as he was rushed to the hospital. Did they pray for the well-being
Mukasey’s Department of Justice says that it is reviewing its options, considering how to respond to the subpoena. The law, however, is quite clear. Legally, Mukasey has no options. He has to show up to give testimony. He has to provide the requested documents. If Mukasey does not do so, he will be breaking the law.
You ask why three times over Attorney Michael Mukasey wouldn’t answer whether waterboarding (the process of drowning someone until their mind breaks) is torture during his confirmation hearings? The answer is simple. If he told the nation that waterboarding was torture (as case law and
Dianne Feinstein insists that the FISA Amendments Act somehow protects civil liberties. Sadly, that’s a lie. I’ve read the law, and I can state quite clearly that it does not protect civil liberties. It sacrifices them at the altar of Homeland Insecurity. The FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the sole power to declare, without any court’s power to stop it, that the spy programs are legal. Guess who runs the spy programs. Why, goodness me – it’s the Attorney General!
The world of the FISA Amendments Act: Eavesdropping on your telephone calls. Scanning your emails. Recording your text messages. Searching your house while you’re away and planting bugs in every room. Because the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney General the power to unilaterally declare whether a spy operation is legal, the FISA Amendments Act gives the Attorney general the power to break any law that restricts government spying, and declare the spying to be legal anyway. No judge, not even a FISA judge, can stop it from taking place.
At 10:00 this morning, the Senate will meet to consider the FISA Amendments Act. Please, call your two senators now, through the congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Beg them to vote NO, for freedom’s sake.
A full rebuttal, point by point, of Barack Obama’s latest justification of his support for the FISA Amendments Act. Barack Obama’s statement is completely inadequate, and confirms our worst fears about the FISA Amendments Act.