Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry

Oh, and Dick Cheney says that having a public debate regarding changes to the law will alert Al Qaeda to our movements::
"Members of Congress 'have the right and the responsibility to suggest whatever they want to suggest' about changing wiretap law, Mr. Cheney said. But 'we have all the legal authority we need' already, he said, and a public debate over changes in the law could alert Al Qaeda to tactics used by American intelligence officials. 'It's important for us, if we're going to proceed legislatively, to keep in mind there's a price to be paid for that, and it might well in fact do irreparable damage to our capacity to collect information,' Mr. Cheney said."
So shhhh. No talking. We have to play this game in secret. Don't tell mommy about this game or she'll be mad at you. Ssshhhh. ______________________________ Speaking out against illegal wiretaps may be a brave step for republican Heather Wilson to take, but there may be more to it than that. The first wave of republicans seeking to distance themselves from this administration has begun. Speaking of distance, it looks like wunderkind Geroge Deutsch is out at NASA. You remember George. 24-year-old kid who tried to limit public access to a scientist studying global warming, tried to add the word "theory" to every mention of the big bang:
In October 2005, Mr. Deutsch sent an e-mail message to Flint Wild, a NASA contractor working on a set of Web presentations about Einstein for middle-school students. The message said the word "theory" needed to be added after every mention of the Big Bang. The Big Bang is "not proven fact; it is opinion," Mr. Deutsch wrote, adding, "It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator." It continued: "This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most."
Among other things. Tsk, tsk. More lies. More misplaced religious fervor. More cronyism. Watch Katie O'Beirne deliver the republican response to Coretta Scott King's funeral. Which is, essentially, that negroes don't know how to behave in public. I don't know enough about the different levee board proposals to comment here, other than to note this:
The opposition to the Boasso bills breaks down generally into three categories: those who don’t want their parishes included in a regional authority, particularly if tied to Orleans Parish; those who say they favor consolidation but want separate east and west bank authorities; and those who want to give more levee project control to the state transportation department rather than to a new regional board.
Do not, I mean DO NOT give control of ANYTHING to the DOTD. How someone managed to zero in on the one state organization more useless than the old levee board is a thing of awesome and terrible symmetry, but please. The DOTD claimed to have no responsibility for anything during hurricane response (during the Pam exercise), and their post-K actions have borne out my impression of them as rudderless, ignorant of their own charter, and about as useful as tits on a bishop. And now someone wants to give them the levees? Why don't you just put the NOLA school board in charge? The Village Voice on the stonewalling of White House Katrina papers. Math is hard, especially copying numbers.Math is hard, especially doing payroll. Mardi Gras finds at least one sponsor: Glad Trash Bags. By the way, Beccers (editors), it's not "the search" for a presenting sponsor that "remains elusive", it's the sponsor that remains elusive. Just sayin'.


Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

"Dick Cheney says that having a public debate regarding changes to the law will alert Al Qaeda to our movements"

Oh, like the terror-alert color system doesn't?

2/08/2006 02:58:00 PM  

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