Friday, June 09, 2006


My thanks to Glenn Greenwald's wonderful Unclaimed Territory

Just when I thought that Arlen Specter might be waking up to the strange flavor of the Neo-Con kool-aid, there comes this outrage:

A bill proposed yesterday by Arlen Specter to resolve the NSA scandal -- literally his fifth or sixth proposed bill on this subject in the last few months -- would drag the Congress to a new low of debasement. According to The Washington Post, Specter has introduced a bill "that would give President Bush the option of seeking a warrant from a special court for an electronic surveillance program such as the one being conducted by the National Security Agency." This proposal is the very opposite of everything Specter has saying for the last several months:

Specter's approach modifies his earlier position that the NSA eavesdropping program, which targets international telephone calls and e-mails in which one party is suspected of links to terrorists, must be subject to supervision by the secret court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

A law which makes it "an option" -- rather than a requirement -- for the Government to obtain a warrant before eavesdropping is about as meaningless of a law as can be imagined.

But that complete change of heart by Specter is not even nearly the most corrupt part of his proposed bill. For pure corruption and constitutional abdication, nothing could match this:

Another part of the Specter bill would grant blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under presidential authority, a provision that seems to ensure that no one would be held criminally liable if the current program is found illegal under present law.

If there's nothing illegal about the goddamned wiretapping why a proposal for blanket amnesty?

I'm watching this shit go down and I still can't believe how boldly these gangsters are taking over. And I still can't belive how brain-dead and unbothered the American public is.




Blogger Again said...


sounds like a German...

in the last days i often pondered how easy it is to destroy strong convictions (you know the "reconfiguration of memory by new facts") - my conviction, btw

i was so strongly convinced that the Germans did only "sleep" in 1933, that they simply were too stupid to see what's going on, mixed with some banal greed and meanness - to nip the Nazis in the bud. But if, yes, IF they would have seen it, my people would haven't allowed it to happen...

now i see how it could happen, can happen and i fear will happen as long as humankind decides to be "immature" (Kant)

i see the passion and bravery of you all, see, how many Americans really fight against the loss of their identity - and how it simply doesn't work. Because no one cares. In Germany i'm called "American hater" - because i believe i have to support all i LOVE about Old America: the feeling to defend the weak, the strength of the individual person, the right to be lucky for everyone all that "stupid" stuff for the "Nemos", because i feel more related to you at the moment than to all the fat cats of Germany, just caring about their own little hollidays and how to get some "hot deals", preferably without paying something like thieves in the night (as if no one would know, that a society can only work efficiently and future-oriented in a win-win-way of interaction - it is really disgraceful, how one of the richest nations on Earth haggles over cents without any shame to take it from the poor and weak to feed the fat cats to get fatter all the time)

it isn't you, liberal America, who fails - it is the whole world inside, outside USA, willingly using blinders like the chimps, quarreling for the bananas, which none of them deserved (an experiment of behavioral studies, where a heap of bananas was offered to a group of common chimps: Soon the alpha took the whole cheap and soon the women paid with sex and the males paid with obedience just to get some bananas - instead of earning it themselves they tried to avoid the effort by paying with pride and decency (!) - because the underlings started to fight each other to please the boss - sounds familiar?)

but there is one thing in a society of human brains, which gives hope: information - at the time of the futile resistance of liberal Germany all they had to communicate was radio and press - and the media was sold to the Nazis as nowadays - the only other way to communicate was talking and the reach of that isn't really that far

now we have the internet - and despite the fact, that the Nazis will try to control it as they did/do it with every information processing path, the internet isn't a thing of one nation any more - and China is not only angered (keyword "Lenovo" - what i think, speak and do, i assume of others, too - a German saying - therefore because America knows it spies on others with high tech, they KNOW, that others must also spy on them), but simply too aware of the power of the net to let the Americans control it...

so please - even if it seems futile, don't stop to communicate resistance

Sat Jun 10, 01:45:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I'm not going anywhere, they will have to pry my keyboard from my warm,sweaty palms.

"i see the passion and bravery of you all, see, how many Americans really fight against the loss of their identity "

With me- Passion yes. Bravery not so much. Cindy Sheehan, Michael Berg and so many others standing up publicly and facing the ridicule of almost everyone in the country are the brave ones. It's very very easy to sit behind a screen and rant and rave.

I'm just an armchair revolutionary, those guys are the real deal.

Sat Jun 10, 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

Bravery not so much. Cindy Sheehan, Michael Berg and so many others standing up publicly and facing the ridicule of almost everyone in the country are the brave ones.

soso, "bravery not so much" - you remind me of Barnita, always telling us, that she is just "average" - as plainly wrong as you are

may i cite you? It's sad that the only Americans willing to stand up and tell the unvarnished truth are those that have lost the greatest part of themselves.

it's not sad, it's just human - only when you lost the most precious in your life, then you have nothing else to lose - and then you don't care about that needless stuff previously dominating your life

but as long as your son lives, Robert, you can't forget to care about him (including what they might think and do in response to your actions) - and despite of that you don't give up to resist in your daily life. That's hard, that's often much harder than to take guns and run amok

to stand alone against all your friends, collegues and neighborhood is so strongly against human nature as a herd-animal, that it costs more bravery than any outspoken hero demonstrates - if you would know the ancient cultures, you would know, that staying power was at least as highly valuated as the strength to get things done (the latter btw with the duty to defend the weak and therefore justice). Because staying power protects you from getting dependent and dependency means to be forced to betray your own knowledge and wisdom how things should be done, how future should be protected - therefore forcing you to betray your whole world...

I'm just an armchair revolutionary

Mobbing proves how easy it is to destroy a person when everybody is against him/her - to resist and defend alone (!) - as you do - your ideals against everybody else is a really "big job", so don't belittle yourself, please

you know, words are mightier than swords - and you never know what chain of actions your words initialize - and you openly show your face and name in this new American society [which] is unique in having been formed almost wholly by processes of aggression against external and internal Others. (Color)

believe me, that IS bravery - because that is exactly what the Germans lacked in 1933 (perfectly documented and analyzed as every sin of that time) - and the Americans now too often lack since 2003 (and earlier). And because Cindy Sheehans mourning let her do other (more desperate) things then you do, that shouldn't be used to lessen your actions - and i guess, especially Cindy Sheehan wouldn't like you to do so - i guess, she doesn't assume herself to be a hero or "brave" ;-)

Sun Jun 11, 01:02:00 AM  

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