Is Bush Using Terrorism On America?

February 14, 2008 | Filed Under Activism, political, propaganda 

A recent CBS News  title says it all: “Bush Spy Bill Called Fear-Mongering,…

I thought the title of this article was really interesting.  The media has generally tried to stay out of the fray when it comes to the very heated political issues.  They generally give an analysis and then follow up with opinion, but headlines matter and it looks like the media is starting push them to a new level.

 President Bush, in remarks meant to spur House Democrats into accepting a controversial new bill that would expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans, warned that the country faced terror strikes that would make September 11 “pale by comparison.” In response, critics of the new bill accused Mr. Bush of “fear mongering,” and of trying to deflect attention from the bill itself. Its most controversial provision would prevent Americans from suing phone companies that helped the administration spy on them since the White House surveillance program was instituted in 2001.

I believe critics are right, but I’d even go a step further.  What President doing isn’t just fear-mongering.  The President is partaking in the very kind of terrorism that he says is a threat to our nation.  The media of course will stop short of calling President Bush a tyrant or terrorist, but the people are starting to scream out in frustration over privacy rights and FISA legislation that dismisses our constitution.

Mr. Bush claims that unless the telecoms received assurance that they will not be sued for breaking the law (and therefore be liable for damages), those companies will not agree to enact future wiretaps, therefore undercutting the government’s intelligence capabilities:

“If these companies are subjected to lawsuits that could cost them billions of dollars, they won’t participate; they won’t help us; they won’t help protect America.”

It sounds like President Bush doesn’t care about our security, so much as he does protecting the precisious coporations that may have helped him break the law by spying on millions of American civilians.  That does not stop him from invoking fear and terrorism to get his point across.

“At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make September the 11th pale by comparison.”

Scared yet?  BOO.  The President won’t take responsibility for the failed legislation, however.

Mr. Bush said, “There is really no excuse for letting this critical legislation expire,” despite his refusal to sign an extension to the current law while negotiations continue.

Lies, Lies and more Lies.  What else can you expect from a politician?  Nancy Pelosi spoke out against the President, but she’s just as bad when it comes to looking after American interests.  (recall: “Impeachment is off the table”)

“The president and House Republicans refused to support the extension and therefore will bear the responsibility should any adverse national security consequences result,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Then there’s Harry Reid:

“The president could have taken the simple step of requesting new authority from Congress … but whether out of convenience, incompetence, or outright disdain for the rule of law, the administration chose to ignore Congress and ignore the Constitution”

Finally, a word from the specialists when it comes to protecting freedom, privacy rights and the Constitution.

Caroline Fredrickson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office in Washington

“The House should stand up to the bullying from the president and reject the administration’s lies and fear mongering,” she said. “This administration has abused its power over and over again and it is time for the House to reject any attempts to consider the unconstitutional Senate Intelligence Committee FISA bill. [...] Let the American system of justice decide this case,” Frederickson said.

“Do not give the phone companies a ‘get out of jail free’ card. If the companies really ‘did the right thing’ as the president said, then they have nothing to fear from going to court.  [...] Terrorism is a threat. But ignoring the Constitution is also a threat.”

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