elbales: (Impeach Bush)
to thank him for verbally bitchslapping the President on live TV.

Go watch it. It is a thing of pure beauty. Uh. Probably not quite safe for work. I seem to recall a couple of cuss words in there. I mean, the ones you can say on TV, anyway.
 
elbales: (Bitch please - BSG)
White House Privacy Board Says It's All Good

The White House's hand-picked Privacy and Civil Liberty Oversight Board released its first-ever report to Congress Monday, finding that controversial programs such as government watch lists and the NSA's warrantless eavesdropping program do not impinge on Americans' civil liberties.


. . .

*headdesk*

Hand... picked... foxhenhousea;lsdihfadshfalud

Yup, that there Patriot Act was sure well written.

MAKE THE STUPID STOP
 
elbales: (Impeach Bush)
Donald Rumsfeld should be burned at the stake.
Court Asked to Limit Lawyers at Guantánamo

By WILLIAM GLABERSON
Published: April 26, 2007

The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to impose tighter restrictions on the hundreds of lawyers who represent detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the request has become a central issue in a new legal battle over the administration’s detention policies.

Saying that visits by civilian lawyers and attorney-client mail have caused “intractable problems and threats to security at Guantánamo,” a Justice Department filing proposes new limits on the lawyers’ contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases that would replace more expansive rules that have governed them since they began visiting Guantánamo detainees in large numbers in 2004.

My favorite is this quote from the DOJ: "There is no right on the part of counsel to access to detained aliens on a secure military base in a foreign country."

Yeah. Just wait until an American citizen is detained on a secure military base in a foreign country and see if DOJ says, "Oh, well, there is no right on the part of counsel to access to--" Yeah, I don't believe it either.

And while we're at it, throw another vice president on the fire.

(Obligatory warning to the irony impaired: NOT SERIOUS.)

We have got to get that military tribunal/no habeas corpus law off the books. Write your Representative! Write your Senators! Work on getting someone elected to the White House who doesn't actually want to be King! Commit no violent acts!

More info courtesy of this nifty habeas website. Nifty website courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] litgoddess.
 
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
Oh Mr. Constitution, you burn so good.


U.S. gov't terror ratings draw outrage
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN, Associated Press Writer
Sat Dec 2, 3:52 AM ET
WASHINGTON - A leader of the new Democratic Congress, business travelers and privacy advocates expressed outrage Friday over the unannounced assignment of terrorism risk assessments to American international travelers by a computerized system managed from an unmarked, two-story brick building in Northern Virginia.

Incoming Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record) of Vermont pledged greater scrutiny of such government database-mining projects after reading that during the past four years millions of Americans have been evaluated without their knowledge to assess the risks that they are terrorists or criminals.

Don't think this needs any commentary from me, actually.
 
elbales: (Straight on till morning)
Have a look at what SusanG over at Daily Kos has to say about the current situation. She's not just upset; she's mad as hell and she's not going to take it anymore, in the best possible way.

A small excerpt:
WE are the spine we are looking for. WE are the heart, the soul, the courage of this country. WE are the Democratic Party, not Mary Landrieu or Ben Nelson or Frank Lautenberg or Jay Rockefeller. Those representatives serve at our will. They are our servants, not our masters. And WE are Americans who are, to put it mildly, about three galaxies beyond outrage, as well we should be.

So when we've fully cycled through the necessary step of dueling "Calm the Fuck Down!" and "I Will NOT Calm the Fuck Down!" diaries, when we've flushed the fresh shock of yesterday's legislation out of our systems, when the betrayal and grief and outrage give way to the urge for fierce and united action ... it will be time to find a candidate who stands for what we believe in and GIVE. Give money, give time, give expertise. Hit the streets, hard. Wailing, if you must, but goddamn it, hit them. Go to another district. Hell, go to another state if you have to and put in the time. And if this set of netroots candidates wins and it turns out they don't come through for us, kick them the hell out in the next election. We'll do it over and over and over again until we get it right, if that's what it takes.


Smart lady.

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