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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Congress to hold Spying hearings!

This from Yahoo late in the afternoon -

House Democrats were to quiz experts Friday about the legality of President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program, after ruling Republicans ignored a request for formal hearings.

Unable to convince Republican House leaders to summon administration officials to Capitol Hill to testify about the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans, Democrats said they would hold instead a formal briefing by academics and ex-officials about the controversial program.

Now, did anyone expect the neo-nazi neo-cons to have the balls to stand up to Bush on this? He has the money handoff history of all of them thru Jack and other K Street bagmen (it was an organized program, so you know they kept records just to be sure everybody played like they were supposed to), so they are effectively blackmailed into silence any time he wants it.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a nonprofit group focusing on civil liberties and privacy issues, on Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice, calling on the federal courts to require the government to divulge additional information about the program.

EPIC's lawsuit seeks the disclosure of internal Justice documents, arguing that a raging public debate "cannot be based solely upon information that the administration voluntarily chooses to disseminate."

Well DUH-UH! Of course you can't have any kind of discussion without knowing who was spied upon, how many of us, how many of those spied upon were with or without probable cause, and how many terrorists were actually found and prosecuted via the program. And that is EXACTLY why the administration is producing no information about it.

Next step - a replay of the Enron / Cheney meeting logs. The administration will file actions in court to block any kind of Congressional subpoena or FOIA actions to get these records. They will claim executive privelege, national security and whatever else almost plausible crapola they can think of just to tie it up in court for years.

If we can't impeach the dictator wannabe over this felonious action, we might as well all just march in line to the White House to have him burn his mark on our foreheads. But Congress holding hearings is a start. We do have to give the Dems credit for making a start. And if it is Congressional Hearings, then maybe, just maybe, it'll get to the six o'clock news.

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