This Senator’s Words Should Shock the American Conscience

December 17, 2007 | Filed Under Policy 

A Senator betrays the American Spirit and undermines our Freedom and Constitution

This morning I watched CSPAN2 to listen in on Congress as it discussed the issue of warrant-less wiretapping. Senators are intent on overhauling the outdated FISA legislation.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid lifted Senator Dodd’s hold and forced a debate on cloture that would circumvent a filibuster threat by Dodd. The immunity debate will likely have a strong impact on the direction of America as we move forward. As the debate on cloture unfolded, I was shocked at one statement in particular!

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said in a derogatory tone:

“The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.”

I am sure he realized how dumb he sounded because he stuttered as he made the statement. He made no apologies for the remark, however, and continued right along with his unique brand of ultra patriotism. If he really wants a true example of American patriotism, he only need look across the aisle at Senator Chris Dodd who stood up for our freedom this afternoon.

For a man who continuously promotes an “anti-terrorism” and “pro-freedom” agenda — one he calls essential to our national security — he sure has a funny way of showing his love for American liberty and democracy. Senator Sessions’ statement on the floor is consistent with the view President Bush has about the legitimacy of the American Constitution. After all, it is just a piece of paper! I can’t vouch for the video or legitimacy of the statement made therein, but it did come from members of President Bush’s staff. Regardless, the proof is in the pudding and the President’s horrible attitude has now infected Congress.

UPDATE: This is rich: Senator Jeff Sessions asked Americans to apologize for attacking President Bush and Congress for acting to “Protect the American people.” If I would have known this afternoon session was set to play out as a Comedy, I would have picked up some popcorn before tuning to C-SPAN.

If you are an Alabama voter, now would be a good time to give Senator Sessions a piece of your mind. http://sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm

Even better solution:
Get rid of the bum.

UPDATE2:

From the comments, it looks like his words were taken out of the record. I’ll see if I can get a copy of the video, I don’t think he can modify that.


Barbara Boxer’s comments from the congressional record:

…this is a watershed moment for us. Why do I say that? I heard Senator SESSIONS come down and give a very eloquent speech. He said, ‘‘The civil’’—I am quoting him now—‘‘The civil libertarians among us’’—and then he listed all the bad things he thinks the civil libertarians among us have done. I hope every one of us—every one of us in this Chamber—supports the civil liberties of the United States of America because if you don’t, you don’t believe in the Constitution. That is where we get these rights.

We need a FISA bill that will help us continue to track the terrorists without surrendering our rights and our liberties, and this can be done. I hope we can get a coalition together and amend this Intelligence Committee bill in a way that will do just that. We need a bill that closes loopholes in FISA that clearly have been created by advancements in technology. I understand that. But we also need a FISA bill that, while it allows us to go after the bad guys, has proper checks and balances within it.

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63 Responses to “This Senator’s Words Should Shock the American Conscience”

  1. Herbert on December 17th, 2007 1:42 pm

    I’ve been puzzled by the “it’s just a piece of paper” comment, allegedly said by the president..
    If he said that, how are his laws, pieces of paper, different from the Constitution, another piece of paper? If the Constitution is just a piece of paper [a monumental will to deliberately misunderstand the momentous importance of that piece of paper] that can be ignored, how can he demand respect and compliance for his own laws which are far more flawed and inferior pieces of paper? Why are his laws the ones we should accept and the Constitution something that should be shoved aside?

    The American political system is sick to the very core. There are no more checks and balances and the party opposite defends a president who has manifestly abused the trust of the people he purports to lead. If he was president in any European country and did the things he so shamefully easy gets away with in the US, he’d be shocked to the core to find out what real opposition means.

    The US is not doing well and the generations growing into adulthood will find out to their great dismay how the present generation has let them down in the most shameful and abusive way. At that point the US will only dream of its historical position of a super power.

  2. JimDesu on December 17th, 2007 3:05 pm

    Oh please… I hope someone ups that to youtube.

  3. admin on December 17th, 2007 3:05 pm

    Our political system is a bust, yes.. but our legal system isn’t far behind. There isn’t an easy way to fix the problem without involving politicians, unfortunately. The best way for people who care about the process is organizing and acting out to defend against threats to our Constitution. I’d argue that just as importantly, our place in society is threatened by corporate fascism that looks to overthrow our government.

    The infiltration of big money into Washington isn’t a new idea, but it’s a lot less subtle than it used to be. At some point, the avalanche of corporations that will descend upon our American and human rights will be difficult to defeat. Start fighting now before it is too late. Remember, they have a lot of money to keep their place in power once they seize it.

  4. admin on December 17th, 2007 3:08 pm

    Jim: No doubt someone is on that as we speak. It is an amazing illustration of the danger that America is in with respect to our liberties.

    Who knows, maybe this find will help get rid of that fool come election time.

  5. Daniel on December 17th, 2007 6:30 pm

    This ranks up there with ‘We had to destroy the village in order to save it’. Don’t these clowns take some kind of oath to defend the Constitution?

  6. Maldoror on December 17th, 2007 7:09 pm

    Gee, maybe all those MANIPULATED PIECES OF PAPER comprising the VOTES that got Bush elected in the FIRST place, should be disregarded as well. What about that?

  7. Anitra Freeman on December 17th, 2007 7:14 pm

    U.S. Senators take an oath to defend the Constitution: http://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_index_subjects/Oath_vrd.htm

    If you vote in Alabama, please remind Senator Sessions of his oath of office: http://sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm

  8. John Doe on December 17th, 2007 7:23 pm

    What filth.

  9. Wiggen on December 17th, 2007 7:23 pm

    Members of the Senate, and the President of the United States take oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States. They do not take oaths to defend the people. They do not take oaths to defend the country. They do not take oaths to defend the flag. They do not take oaths to defend the bible. They do not take oaths to defend media. Nope. Their only oath is to defend the Constitution. Somebody oughta remind them.

  10. Bekki on December 17th, 2007 7:38 pm

    Didn’t we just rail on the president of Pakistan for suspending his constitution? What parallel universe is Sen. Sessions living in that the US would, could, should ever suspend the constitution to “protect our security”. As far as I can tell, suspending the constitution does far more to harm our security than help. Lets get rid of these corrupt tools in the next election!

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  12. Chuck on December 17th, 2007 7:53 pm

    Ron Paul will defend the constitution.

  13. Jacob Brownian on December 17th, 2007 7:58 pm

    Dear sir, blogmaster:

    I wanted to inform you that I have today, read your blog, watched this nonsense on CSPAN today, and taken action to let Senator Jeff Sessions know that he is wrong. I emailed him, left a voicemail and sent him a fax on his office fax-line. Cheers, a concerned American.

  14. Norris on December 17th, 2007 7:59 pm

    What would you expect from a backwater throwback from Alabama? Sessions is a textbook example of today’s Republican party. He delivers exactly what his ‘bama Billy-Bob constituents want from their representatives. In that sense I suppose he should be congratulated. At least someone’s getting the representation they asked for.

  15. admin on December 17th, 2007 8:06 pm

    Jacob: You do America proud, thank you sir.

  16. herbal[jc] on December 17th, 2007 8:14 pm

    Ron Paul.

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  19. LifeWrecked on December 17th, 2007 8:20 pm

    How sad that this nonsense comes this far (Bush and his cronies)!

    We (Americans) are hopelessly hooked on our Hummers and our HDTVs. *THAT’S* our problem here. Real constitutionalalsts would have long ago fought a bloody war to IMPALE (not just impeach) that self (and buddy) serving autocrat we’ve allowed to pretend to leadership in this now nightmare of a theocratic Bushocracy.

    Look at our “foreign policy”!
    Look at our “economic policy”!
    Look at our “domestic policy”!
    Look (yes) at our “National Security Policy”!

    What a joke, what a sham! And we banter, and rave, and argue, and cajole (ok, what I’m doing).

    When will we get balls?

    America, where are you???

    LifeWrecked – out.

  20. Resident Sailor on December 17th, 2007 8:27 pm

    I immigrated to this country when I was young. I was born in Mexico and at a young age I knew what a corrupt political system Mexico had then. As soon as I finished high school here in the USA I joined the U.S. NAVY and four years later I separated under honorable terms.

    I remember taking the oath of allegiance:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Military_Oath_of_Allegiance

    Mow that I see the constitution is under attack and the America I came to love by choice and not by birth, that same America might not be here for my kids.

    My question is this: Do public servants and their cronies and “advisers” take the same oath?
    And if so, does it also include the line that reads “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”?

    The attackers to the constitution are all over our political system and today I have found the first public defender of the constitution in Senator Chris Dodd.

    “If you let a bully come in your front yard, he’ll be on your porch the next day” – Lyndon B. Johnson

  21. Koh Choon Lin on December 17th, 2007 8:33 pm

    We would need more defenders like Ron Paul! Vote for him!

  22. DP on December 17th, 2007 8:38 pm

    As a resident of Alabama, here is what I just sent him:
    —————————————————

    Hello Mr. Sessions,

    I was eagerly watching the debate today regarding the FISA bill that included retroactive immunity for telecom companies that broke that law by cooperating with the executive branches wiretapping requests. I vehemently oppose granting this immunity and think that it would set a bad precedent of companies being coerced into breaking the law with promises of immunity down the road.

    I read a report on the day’s events and you were attributed this quote where you were implying the nation’s security takes precedent over the constitution:

    “The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.”

    If this is really what you believe, then I think you are no longer fit for public office. Your job is to follow the constitution. If you think the constitution is inconvenient, feel free to propose amendments to it, but until then you should respect what it says.

    I have been extremely disappointed with your performance these past 4-5 years. It seems that except for one issue (Immigration, which I completely agreed with and was thankful for your stance on) you have agreed absolutely with anything proposed by the White House.

    I do not vote for my congressman just so they can agree along party lines. I hired you for your critical thinking skills. I find it very hard to believe that you have agreed with all but one proposal that came out of the White House in the last 5 or so years. Sounds like you putting party lines over the welfare of our nation to me.

    If you want to get continued support from the people of our great state you really need to take a hard look at what conservative principles and ideals are and follow them. Since the constitution is seeming a bit stale to you, I might recommend that you go speak with Congressman Ron Paul from Texas and get him to give you a refresher on why the constitution is such a wonderful thing to adhere to and uphold.

  23. M Campbell on December 17th, 2007 8:48 pm

    Just sent this via his website; suggest you do the same…

    I have recently been informed that you, Sir, have actually uttered on the floor of the Senate of the United States of America “The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.”

    Sir, is this TRUE?!
    If so, how dare you, Sir?!

    Please bear in mind that the Constitution of the United States of America, along with the Bill of Rights, IS the ground work for all Civil Liberties in which we as Americans continue to _care_ to BE Americans!
    I for one do not care much for “national security” as dictated by the current administration. I have the means and the will to defend my family, my home, my neighborhood, my city, and my state. If need be, I will return to the US Navy (where I did receive the Secretary of the Navy Achievement award) to defend my beloved country, but I highly doubt that is necessary, since neither Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, or any other “terrorist axis of evil” has the where-with-all to do one iota of real damage to this great land.
    If you are worried about airliners crashing into buildings again, just arm the pilots of said airliners, and the problems will most likely be mitigated with 1000x less loss of life than the debacle/quagmire of Iraq/Iran/Afghanistan.

    Good day to you Sir,
    Real Name Removed from the Post
    As well as the cell phone number (yeah I got pizzed, he can call me…)

  24. Strother on December 17th, 2007 8:49 pm

    We need to start organizing in the fashion of the Ron Paul campaign, and please hear me out. Paul’s people call their fund raising a “Moneybomb”. This is obviously an economic force. We need to start organizing economically against corporations in this fashion. If groups of 100,000 to 1,000,000 people unified in one action, they could form a system of checks and balances against corporations that act against their interests. For example, the mainstream media peddles lies, so 1,000,000 people cancel their cable subscriptions the next day. This could be organized the same way Ron Paul’s base does their fund raising. This is how the people fight back with nonviolence.

  25. Norm on December 17th, 2007 9:19 pm

    In the military enlistment oath:

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    Notice the constitution is listed first, before the President.
    Also; I wanted to repeat this part separately: (Bonus round)
    I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    What does the UCMJ say about torture, and “I was just following orders”?

  26. Ally Kendall on December 17th, 2007 10:08 pm

    To answer the question regarding the oath of office of the PotUS, it is not the same as the military oath. It does not include, for example, the “all enemies, foreign and domestic” clause. It does include a clause specifying faithfully upholding the constitution and laws of the US. Whether violation of the oath is a perjury or other impeachable offense is indeterminate, to my knowledge. Clearly aggressive war is a capital crime, under US law.

    Under US law, if it were faithfully upheld, both the current President and Vice-President of the US would be executed for war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity, under title 18 of the US criminal code.

  27. Anonymous on December 17th, 2007 10:15 pm

    This is the oath taken by members of US Congress:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter”

    Please note the ‘DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES’ part.

    For shame.

  28. Stephen Frank on December 17th, 2007 10:41 pm

    This is my letter that i just sent.

    I was shocked and disgusted at hearing your comments regarding the FISA issue on CSPAN today. You disgust me sir. Constitution is not just a piece of paper and this President should be tried for war crimes and nothing less.

    Either you are a lying politician that the rest of country pretty much has come to accept or you are completely ignorant. You should be ashamed of yourself and quit this post before you do more damage to this great country and its great institutions. I shudder at the thought of people like you being in a position of power and sadly that is a reality.

    This same kind of unflinching unquestioning attitude led the Germans to WWII. As Albert Einstein said: Unthinking respect for the authority is the greatest enemy of the truth.

    You epitomise the unthinking.

  29. Anonymous on December 17th, 2007 10:43 pm

    Dear Senator Specter,

    First before I begin, I would like to give you my sincere appreciation of your service in the Senate representing me and fellow Pennsylvanians. I may be registered as a democrat, but Sir, you serve with grace, common sense, and with loyalty only to your constituients and to the Constitution of the United States.

    I actually write to you today concerning loyalty and the Constitution. I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and you and I took very similar oaths when we began our service to our country in our respective ways. Our oaths each contain the phrase “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

    Today I was reading about the filibuster Senator Dodd was preparing in response to FISA Legislation to provide retroactive immunity to “TelCo’s” concerning their involvement with at the time illegal wiretapping of U.S. Citizens (a topic I am VERY interested in, but I digress). In reading of some the day’s proceedings I found the following quote from one of your peers.

    “The civil libertarians among us would rather defend the constitution than protect our nation’s security.”

    These words were spoken by Mr. Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama. Mr. Sessions spoke these words in a manner that criticized Americans for defending the constitution! Did Mr. Sessions NOT take the same oath that you took? Mr. Sessions should be ASHAMED of his words, and I as an American would ask that he repeal his statement on the floor of the Senate.

    At the very least, I ask you, Senator Specter, to please remind Senator Sessions of his oath to the people of the United States, and that he speak with caution in the future regarding the role of the Constitution of the United States.

    I have not written Senator Sessions as I am not a citizen of Alabama. I have written you, Senator Specter as a voting citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and I entrust that you will take action as you see necessary to address my concern.

    Again, thank you for your service to Pennsylvania and the United States of America.

    Sincerely,

    //SIGNED//
    STEFAN J. CHOQUETTE, SSgt, USAF
    18th Comptroller Squadron
    Kadena AB, Japan

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  31. Jeremy Stegura on December 17th, 2007 10:59 pm

    That fucking “PIECE OF PAPER” lays the rules for this country that so many people risked their lives or DIED for, the same piece of paper that is the reason why we still say today that Ameerica is the greatest land in the world.. At least on paper it is, since it’s been turning into something else altogether. Scumbags.

  32. thejaykob on December 17th, 2007 11:08 pm

    Sen. Sessions made quite a statement. His willingness to make such a statement is a testament to how the Constitutional spine of the United States is really in a sorry state. It is similiar to former Attorney General Gonzales referencing the Constitution as being “quaint”, in his attempts to overcome possible legal objections to forthcoming and controversial Bush Administration policies. It is my opinion that the sad truth of the matter is that most Americans (at least subconsciously) perceive the Constitution in an ornamental way. It is as if the Bill of Rights and Constition are treated as being the pretentious “icing” of America rather than the skeleton of our society.

    I see a slow creep towards the ostracization of political thought, taking place right before our eyes. It is imperceptible to most, because such things are not constantly asserted enough to really raise the public’s eyebrows. These types of political political Freudian slips or worrisome utterances are frequent enough, however, to justify the idea that a more patently obvious shut-down of dissenting thought and expression is relatively imminent. Conservatively speaking, even if one is to assume that there will not be another “catalyzing event” rivaling the scope of 9/11 within the next ten years, enough of a infrastructure has already been developed and the foundations are ready for the imposition of the more visible aspects of a constitutional suspension (or what will probably legalistically called an “expedient overhaul”).

    It is not necessary that you believe in a coordinated and deliberate ploy to craft an imprisoned society– although between the declassified Joint-Chiefs memos, Kissinger quotes, CFR reports, etc, I am now permanently consigned to keep the possibility of such planning on the table.

    Certainly, however, I do believe in a collective unconscious. And when the things that Sen. Sessions says start to manifest a little bit more in the national dialogue, I think that something is being expressed: The truth about how calloused American’s have become to the notion of supplanting the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

    Anyhow, we’re definitely headed back to a pre-Lockean society at this rate. Nevermind, however, because Britney Spears just got a parking ticket.

    thejaykob@hotmail.com
    ———————————————————
    “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” –Noam Chomsky

  33. SteveMD2 on December 17th, 2007 11:43 pm

    Sen. Sessions is just another of those haters and religious freaks whom Bush has given license to preach his Crap. Why – because Bush has tapped into the hatreds of right wing Christianity who would be our own Taliban. And Sessions is one of their spokespersons.

    The worst of fascism and religious intolerance are mixed into the Bush regime. They are identical to when the emperor Constantine joined up with the early Catholic church and its corrupt popes. The result was a thousand years of the dark ages, the murder of tens of millions of Muslims in the crusades, and zero social and economic progress. The only difference now is that nuclear weapons are available, instead of just swords and spears.

    What we are witnessing is the end of corrupt religions, which includes right wing Christianity – as full of lies and hatred as extremist Islam. Modern communications means that the church no longer can control the people, tell them the earth is flat, that Alexander the great was a virgin birth out of the forhead of the God Zeus, and our own modern variant of this idea. The only problem is whether civilization will survive the end of what is blatantly the worst of the worst – religious wars. And Bush, with his Iraq war, and his selling out to the remains of the confederacy – old ideas don’t die, they just molder waiting to be released again – is falling into the trap Bin Laden laid for him. Bush has given Bin Laden, with Iraq, an endless supply of suicide bombers, while fulfilling the dreams of Bin Laden for a religious war, of which both extremist muslims and our right wing christians believe they will win, though the truth is the world could die.

    And don’t forget that Bush most likely lost but stole both elections. What should the punishment be for him and those who did this crime.

  34. AlabamaResident on December 18th, 2007 12:24 am

    I just sent a request that he further explain his views to me. I dont like this coming from my state

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  36. jim smith on December 18th, 2007 2:43 am

    He is absolutely correct! He is a great american

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  38. Tim on December 18th, 2007 4:53 am

    How can someone who claims to be a Christian say that the Constitution is “just a piece of paper”? If you believe that, then you must also believe that the Bible, rather than being the transcribed holy word of the living God, is also just a collection of “paper”. Ridiculous and inconsistent. This administration is shallow and dangerous.

  39. Farzanegan on December 18th, 2007 4:55 am

    I called and left him a message- suggesting that he resign since he is no longer upholding the constitution.

  40. x on December 18th, 2007 4:58 am

    free the south.

  41. Forgetful Watchers on December 18th, 2007 5:10 am

    Maybe nine eleven was a conspiracy by global corporations to ignore the Constitutions of world governments for their own personal profit. After all, rampant inflation affects them to.. their quadtrillions aren’t worth what they used to be..

    Remember, money is just ‘paper’ as well.. more increasingly electronic paper. We’ve broken through the old barriers of corruption when it comes to respecting common sense rule of law and human decency. The obscene madness to which our political system is twisted gives voice to a growing sentiment that even if you elected a Ron Paul or Barrack Obama, you’d still have a government that has puppet strings calling the shots. We’ve detoured off the deep end, and we’re not going back.. the best thing to do is begin wwiii and start over.. that generation will be alot more respectful because there won’t be as many people to rule over so their power will be severely diminished if they’re still alive by the time it’s all over..

  42. Alexandra on December 18th, 2007 6:09 am

    Hasn’t he heard of “live free or die”?

    Given that 9/11 was an inside job, that’s REALLY scary!

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  44. Bill on December 18th, 2007 7:07 am

    I called Sessions’ office in D.C. this morning and they denied he ever said this. It would be great if someone had confirming copy/tape of it to put up. Get him to publicly acknowledge his statements.

  45. Juan Aguilar on December 18th, 2007 8:15 am

    I can’t find the record of that specific statement.

    The best I can come up with is this passage: “And what happened after we were attacked on 9/11? Both those rules that we imposed on our military intelligence agencies were deemed to be bogus, wrong, and mistaken, colossally so. Many Members of this body were warned when they were made the law of the United States, they were warned then that if we did these things it was not wise. But, oh no, the others loved the Constitution more, they loved liberty more, so these unwise laws were passed. And what happened afterwards, after 9/11? Well, we properly removed both of those silly rules. We have taken them off the books, in a bipartisan, unanimous way. They were never required by the Constitution. They were never sensible from the beginning. But we passed them on emotion not reason. Some ideas being promoted now are not sensible either and can leave our country in dangerous straits. So this is an important matter. These things are life and death issues.”

    Now, “But, oh no, the others loved the Constitution more, they loved liberty more, so these unwise laws were passed.” is just as stupid a phrase. But, can anybody find a record of the actual quote, was it purged from the record, or was the quote fabricated? The quote above is from page S15724 which you can find by searching for that at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/r110query.html.

  46. Darrell Kern on December 18th, 2007 9:00 am

    I can see it now- in 5 years there will be a monument erected in Washington D.C. (probably granite or bronze) A giant scroll of the constitution interlaced with the Declaration of Independence. The plaque below will read- “The greatest human hoax of all time”. There should also be a wailing wall listing all of the naive Americans who have died defending this incredible con.

  47. admin on December 18th, 2007 9:59 am

    It was done in the heat of the moment, I’m surprised he would deny it in the age of video, it’ll come out.

    Barbara Boxer took time afterwards to answer (angrily) the comment re: civil libertarians and the constitution. I’ll post the video when it comes out. I’m sorry to say I don’t have tools that would allow me to record and post clips.

    Check Digg, there are a lot of C-Span junkies there and others heard it too, you don’t take my word for it.

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  49. esmith512 on December 18th, 2007 2:10 pm

    I’ve heard many comments like this from D.C. over the years, often as a justifying preamble to unconstitutional actions or laws. The mentionings like Senator Session’s always revolves around the idea that constitutional allowances are inappropriate to someone’s political agenda, with this Constitutional desecration justified as destroying liberties under the guise of fighting an undefined ever-changing foreign aggressor or safeguarding the nation from some nebulous concept. Both the Bush and Clinton administrations have been Constitution-hostile, with the rate of constitutional abridgements and corresponding civil rights abandonments accumulating and accelerating over the past decade. Americans by citizenship are under solemn social contract to defend their nation, human rights and liberties (including your own), and the Constitution. Please recover our government from liberty-hostile minds like Senator Sessions. Please restore our national foundation. Please vote for Ron Paul.

  50. Alan Livingston on December 18th, 2007 3:34 pm

    he edited it out of the Congressional Record. Senator Boxer quotes him saying, “He said, ‘‘The
    civil’’—I am quoting him now—‘‘The
    civil libertarians among us’’”.

    See the link: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=S15729&dbname=2007_record

  51. Anonymous on December 18th, 2007 3:51 pm

    Written to the former servant of the United States of America, Dishonorable Senator Jeff Sessions:
    ……………..

    Did you utter these words: “But, oh no, the others loved the Constitution more, they loved liberty more, so these unwise laws were passed. And what happened afterwards, after 9/11? Well, we properly removed both of those silly rules.”?

    How dare you mock liberty and the Constitution! You were sworn into office to defend this document, it being the highest Law of the Land. Now you brag about removing the ‘silly, unwise laws’ that supported liberty and the Constitution to which you sword an oath!

    You have simply provided me a great reason to never visit the apparently depraved State of Alabama. I can only hope your constituents will remember this in future elections and act properly to remove you from your role as you have abandoned your oath. I could only laud their actions in doing so.

    Best possible regards,
    (My name)

  52. Anonymous on December 18th, 2007 4:19 pm

    Unfortuntely ,this is my Senator, however, I just sent a letter calling for his resignation, informing him that this quote and the oath of office will be in a full page add in every paper in the state that will publish it if it is not done so. Hopefully, it is enough to get his attention and get him out of office.

  53. Revolutionary Soldier on December 18th, 2007 5:16 pm

    You people are just as bad as the people you are criticizing. The FIRST comment in response to this article should have been “please indicate the committee in which Sessions made this statement.” THEN everyone could begin discussing what a tool he is. If we want to have higher standards for our politicians, then we need to start to have higher standards for ourselves, and one of those ought to be that we establish with certainty when and where something occurred and back it up with specifics, otherwise it’s just another partisan anecdote.

  54. Make Them Accountable / The Nation on December 19th, 2007 8:09 am

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  55. Trotter on December 19th, 2007 1:07 pm

    People can ruin America by not paying attention to what the politicians are doing in Congress.

    But we shouldn’t have to. Isn’t that why we elect officials? Isn’t that why we have a Representative Democracy as opposed to a True Democracy?

    If people would take more time researching who to elect as opposed to listening to the mud slinging, we’d probably be better off.

  56. Anitra Freeman on December 20th, 2007 6:30 pm

    Senator Sessions appears to have edited the Congressional Record. This is what is in the CR (p. S15724) after editing —

    In reference to some of the restrictions on the CIA legislated before 9/11, Senator Sessions said: “Many Members of this body were warned when they were made the law of the United States, they were warned then that if we did these things it was not wise. But, oh no, the others loved the Constitution more, they loved liberty more, so these unwise laws were passed. And what happened afterwards, after 9/11? Well, we properly removed both of those silly rules. We have taken them off the books, in a bipartisan, unanimous way. They were never required by the Constitution. They were never sensible from the beginning. But we passed them on emotion not reason.”

    The section “the others loved the Constitution more, they loved liberty more” sounds like Sessions rejects the love of liberty and the Constitution. The section “They were never required by the Constitution” indicates that he just has a different opinion about what the Constitution says.

    I still think his opinion about what the Constitution requires indicates a scanty reading of the document. There is, however, a difference between opposing the Constitution and having an opposing opinion on what the Constitution says.

  57. Jeff on December 22nd, 2007 4:51 pm

    No video, eh? So it’s like a sighting at Roswell, then?

  58. Eric on December 29th, 2007 2:50 am

    I’ll Preface My statment By saying that I re-enlisted in the National Guard the day after 911, Having said that The Measures taken after 911 were done for the protection of this nation, it’s people it’s Freedoms it’s values, Property and it’s Constitution. Anything that was done was done for those reasons. I Am very aware that people complain that ” Their civil liberties have somehow been diminished. I disagree withthat statment. That is unless you are a person who intends to do harm to the united states or it’s people. If The Security Agencies of the United States feels it is in the Best intrest of our Nation to wire tap a few phone lines or listen a little closer and watch a little more intensly So Be It! I’m not into anything crooked or underhanded so what do I have to fear? Nothing. I certainly feel better knowing that the Men and Women charged with protection and intelligence gathering will do anything nessacary to Protect My Family and Our way of life here in the United States. We are not fighting a traditional enemy. We are in fact fighting an enemy like we have not encountered in past conflicts. They are not a nation and they have no home base or battle lines. They do not attack with any sense of Honor. They attack non combatants women, children, and even people of their own ” religion” if you choose to call it that. It’s a perversion of a religion. SO…. What we have is an enemy that fights with no rules no reguard for anyone including their own people and certainly no Honor.. How do you fight these subhumans. I’ll tell you.. By any means nessacary.I Know your arguments will be that the Government is taking away our Freedom.. Well No it actually isn’t. They are protecting your freedom and your butt as well. The American People Don;t need to know everything that goes on in the government. there are some things that Have to bee secret. As a soldier I have gone on many missions with very little knowledge of the ” Big picture, I worked on a need to know basis. I got the information I needed to complete my mission and protect myself and that is all. and that is how it should be.The More information is out there the more information Our enemies have to use against us folks. SO I tell you the truth, Your rights are safe, Your Butt is safe and the Constitution is safe as long as you have people in office that can recognize our enemies for what and who they are and have the Courage to stand up and say No More!

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  60. Mike on August 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Nice quote from Sessions. The only problem is, you’re lying. You did NOT hear Sessions say that on CSPAN2 because he never said it. (Forget catching it on YTube for the same reason).

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