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Joe Galloway tears 'em a new one in a 'must read':
That a majority on both sides of the aisle — not least of them the presumptive nominees for president of both political parties — intend to vote for such a violation of Americans' right to privacy and of the sanctity of their personal communications is a stunning surrender to those who want us to live in fear forever.
Somewhere across an ocean and a desert, hiding in his cave, a man of hate named Osama bin Laden is laughing up the sleeve of his dirty robe at the thought that he and a small handful of fellow fanatics could tie a great nation in knots — knots of fear stoked by our own leaders.
We have done incalculably more and greater damage to ourselves since September 11, 2001, than a thousand bin Ladens and ten thousand al Qaida recruits could ever have done to us.
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously declared that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself." Now it would seem that we have no one to fear but ourselves and our leaders.
'Fear' is not the emotion I'm feeling right now. 'Anger' and 'disgust' are.
Update: The Fix Is In.
"Political convenience" = "No guts". Congress - both Houses - You're a buncha scared pussies. Scared you won't be re-elected with the all the attendant perks of office, scared that Bush, the right wing, and the neocons will call you 'traitors' for being 'for the terrorists' if you don't give Bush and his accomplices their 'get out of jail free card' and let them continue their crimes, scared that the telcom money will dry up.
And you're fuckin' falling for it. Wimps. Worse than wimps - cowards and appeasers.
Every last one of you that votes to overturn the 4th Amendment should be voted out of office for not being worthy of being called Americans, let alone part of the so-called representative leadership.
You make me sick.