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You know those billboards, "Which one will be abused?" "Who will live in poverty?" "Who will be neglected?" Where can we vote, and when will they announce the winners?
Johnn D. Craik
As someone living in Pittsburgh and hating it, I can
actually see this kind of meeting taking place [Ian Murphy, “Hardballin’
with Chris Matthews,” issue 124]... only with an actual
local, not Chris Matthews in disguise...
But how would you know? HOW WOULD YOU KNOW, WILL?
So, are all the editors actually angry gay men or potential serial killers? The "women's history" bit was a little much you stupid pricks.
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Your article was WONDERFUL! I'd begun to think that
this country only had unquestioning, mindless little SHEEP! You've restored
a sense of hope in me. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
How does one become a contributor to the Beast?
Haven't even finished reading it yet [Ian Murphy, “Let There be Retards,” issue 117]. Just getting over this flu/cold that has filled everyone's lungs with crud, and which makes every third breath end in a cough. Why tell you this? Because you just can't slip captions under pictures like that first one, with the velociraptor and "Ken Ham, at right." I am torn now between ignoring it for a few days, or showing it to my humor-handicapped wife, and again collapsing (and I mean that literally) in a prodigious coughing fit from the laughter this one caption causes... Is it subtle, or is it a bludgeon? BTFOOM, but I will steal it, for future use, and always with attribution. Keep it up. ...and take that anyway you'd like.
Having waded all the way through this dreadfully overwritten piece [Allan Uthman, “Immune to Reality,” issue 124] I have the answer.
Without telecom immunity, the American pubic will soon learn that Bush started illegally spying on American citizens BEFORE 9/11.
The Tip of the Corporate Culpability Iceberg
Somehow Democrats stumbled onto the biggest issue since Edison's light bulb. I think they sense, as the author implies, that the strangely stubborn resistance by the Bush Reich and their Congressional gauleiters simply does not match the perceived importance of the immunity section:
"There’s more than pedestrian corruption at work here."
And much more than federal corruption and/or illegal acts, too.
Democrats somehow, against all previous records of past performance, have correctly sensed that they are onto something much bigger than what originally bargained for. And, for once, they are right. Now, will they stupidly cave or will they hang onto to this and ride it out no matter what like they should?
What they have stumbled onto is corporate spying completely
separate from that associated with government complicity. The NSA merely
utilized a system already in existence. What corporation would build separate
rooms and electronic systems merely in anticipation of possible government
(illegal) need? No, what we have here is corporate spying on U.S. citizens
on a massive and illegal scale (there are a variety of privacy laws violated,
even though a private entity cannot violate constitutional rights against
unwarranted search and seizure).
This opens the Pandora Box of corporations acting as private tyrants, and where this could lead, no one knows. Repubs are nothing more than corporate agents. They are merely following orders like good lackeys do, and good Germans did.
PS Dems should never tire of asking surveillance goosesteppers to name one instance where a terrorist avoided detection because FISA refused to issue a warrant. Failures before 9/11 were due to stupidity and complicity, never FISA.
It wouldn't hurt to point out that Repukes are putting the telecom bottom line ahead of citizen safety, AGAIN as always, since that is the ONLY reason Bush is threatening Veto.
Corporations spying on Americans? Don’t be silly.
REACH OUT AND TAP SOMEONE
The short story is, the telecom companies, who are big political donors across the spectrum, have realized that they've opened themselves to massive liability, and are putting pressure on the administration to fix things.
Working backwards (since the facts are hidden behind state secrets walls for now), we can put together a decent picture. In 2003, the NSA paid Telecom companies to install special rooms, as detailed in the case of AT&T by Mark Klein's documents. These rooms probably scan the "headers" (by which I mean destination info - receiving phone number, or destination isp, or what have you) of all the data.
This information, which may not exactly be wiretapping (because they're not listening to the conversation/reading the email itself, just where it's going), is then used by the NSA or other agency to identify candidates for FISA warrants. This would explain the surge in FISA applications in 2003. In 2007, realizing that this was at best questionably legal stuff, the Administration got nervous and had the Protect America Act passed, explicitly allowing that behavior on nothing more than the AG's authorization.
However, the PAA has expired now, so they can't continue
on the AG's sole authorization (or at least the Telecos aren't buying),
so the new push is to make the PAA's amendments to FISA permanent. Oh,
and throw Telecom immunity in there as well.
Dear Oregon 2L,
REALITY IS FOR SISSIES
Get some balls America ...
Allan, something astonishing happened the other day in America!
Your country forgot, or chose to ignore, the overwhelming need for a meticulous and truly transparent high-level investigation into the Bush administration's obvious master-minding of nine eleven.
Do you think Americans have the balls for that? They look pretty tough pushing Iraqi civilians around.
Okay, that's a little brash. Americans have demonstrated remarkable sacrifice and tenacity in defending our world from the true terrors of radical fascism. The entire free world is indebted to America, no argument.
As a nation, you are self-assured and extremely capable. So, why should anyone believe Mr. and Mrs. America would collapse like frightened children in the face of some serious introspection?
Why don't the citizens of your powerful and fascinating country demand the truth about nine eleven? Why don't they expose the inconceivable greed of Dick Cheney and prosecute the entire Bush administration like the murderous criminals they are?
I just don't get it!
Are the American news media really so pathetic as to actually believe the official nine eleven commission report? Are devoted Republicans really so mindless as to swallow the insipid banality of these fear-mongering regurgitants?
I really hope not!
But if they are, I have another question. What the hell is wrong with you people? Get some balls, look in the fucking mirror, and put at least a shred of dignity back into your national government.
A public lynching of Dick and George would do nicely!
WHAT WE SAID
Andrea Mitchell let slip that a journalist was being
wiretapped. What if many journalists were being wiretapped ? Would we
know if wire tapping was used against the Democrats in the 2004 races
? Did Carl Rove get to use the wire tappping aparatus, he was after all
granted deep security clearance. And finally, what the Democrats in Congress
reallly want know, were they wire tapped, are they being wire tapped to
this very day in their day to day operations ?
Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
It is essential to keep immunity off the table. It is part of the evidence trail that might put impeachment back on the table. I am, though, suspicious as to the source and motive of the spine that the House suddenly acquired when they stood up and offered up their "Protect America" bill absent the "protect the telecoms and W's ass" version. It is no longer possible to look at a positive event without suspecting a crooky somewhere lurking.
This issue makes no sense and stamps the democrats, the
house anyway, as weak on security.
BOY WHO CRIED WOLFOWITZ
To the Editors, Your defamation of one Jeff Chism in the last issue of your magazine constitutes libel. Period. I have contacted Mr. Chism personally to make sure my Jewish eyes were not deceiving me in what I read. He is a religious man and would never denigrate the proud Jewish tradition and peoples. Accepting an anti-Semitic e-mail and putting a fake address on it is not only unethical but it is revolting and quite illegal. I have not contacted the Anti-Defamation League—yet. But if you do not print a retraction and an apology for smearing the Jewish race and an innocent man, I will be forced to do so. Free speech has its boundaries, Sirs. And you have crossed the line. Good day, Noah Goldman
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