Tuesday, June 18

Oh, That’s Different Then

TESTED by fire:
“Some people say, ‘Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney,’ ” Mr. Obama told Charlie Rose on his PBS interview show.

Barack Obama is not a raving liberal. Dick Cheney is merely ravening. Or was. Now I think he’s just rabid. At any rate, those things are neither equal, nor are they the twin poles of our political existence.
“Dick Cheney sometimes says, ‘Yeah, you know, he took it all lock, stock and barrel.’ My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather, are we setting up a system of checks and balances?”

Well, I think it’s always a good idea to mention Dick Cheney if you need to draw attention away from yourself. I'd have advised Putin to do it over that Super Bowl ring business, myself. But, please, “intelligence gathering” and “checks and balances”? Sure. And appoint Stevie Wonder Secretary of Elephant Descriptions while you’re at it.
In perhaps his most expansive explanation of his surveillance policies since leaked documents exposed a pair of secret programs, Mr. Obama said he had made important changes from the policies of George W. Bush, including making sure that surveillance was approved by Congress and a secret foreign intelligence court. “But I think it’s fair to say that there are going to be folks on the left – and what amuses me is now folks on the right who are fine when there’s a Republican president, but now, Obama’s coming in with the black helicopters,” he said.

Was this really the first you’ve heard about the black helicopters? I know you’re busy an’ all.

And, yes, yes Sir, the freakin’ Bush administration wanted to do this crap while bypassing the rubber-stamp FISA courts altogether. You’re still better than him. Congratulations.


map106 said...

Preach it, Brother Riley

Christopher said...


One thing that bugs me about the administration's responses to national security issues is how they seem to regard just the bare fact that there is a process of some sort as being enough to answer any questions.

The idea that certain processes might be bad or inadequate just doesn't even enter into it. Nor does the fact that we don't actually know what the process is.

I mean, they have a process, what more do you want?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Bush arrived at the same FISA fig leaf Obama is prancing around in well before 2008.

Also, might I recommend this link?

The Truth: The NSA Has Been Working on Domestic Spying for Ten-Plus Years

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