Carol Platt Liebau: Pan It Again, Sam

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pan It Again, Sam

President Bush just explained the importance of the NSA wiretapping program, and its importance to our national security. A little more than half the chamber exploded in a standing ovation. The other half sat motionless without applause.

It was a very telling snapshot of the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.


Blogger J. Platt said...


Bush wants "more freedom" but then supports more gestapo spying on citizens. Say one thing do the opposite, sounds like the same strategy Hitler used to raise an Army. I am a free market person like you but Republicans are just as bad as Democrats lately. I think I am going to be a Libretarian.

3:22 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

I think you missed a key point regarding wiretappping, j. He did say that the wiretaps were to be on foreign conversations between known operatives. What, pray tell, is wrong with that? If those "gestapo spying" tactics save American lives, go for it! Do you really want another 9/11?

Personally, I have nothing to hide - do you? If an American citizen is talking to UBL's people, I would want to know about it, wouldn't you? And the first question to ask is, is that person really an "American" citizen? Of course, he might be a democrat, but that's another issue, isn't it?

5:08 AM  
Blogger J. Platt said...

All the money in the World did not prevent 9/11, what makes you think more spying it going to prevent more? Pete?

5:53 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Money? What's money got to do with it?

How about the 'Wall', constructed by the previous administration, between agencies that prevented information on at least two of the hijackers to be shared? It was bad intelligence, not money, that allowed 9/11 to happen. Good, and shared intelleigence might have prevented it. Key word, to be sure, is 'might'.

Better safe than sorry.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Civil liberties have always been tightened during national crises, then relaxed when the crises have passed. I'm waiting to hear what those who do not now admit there is a national crisis will say if/when we suffer another serious terrorist attack. Will the same people who blast the president and security agencies for doing too much then bash them for doing too little? Sen. Clinton has already badmouthed President Bush for not doing enough about Iran's nuclear rattling.

9:09 AM  

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