The thing I don’t get about this whole FISA mess, to include the petulant walkout in Congress, the president’s multiple misleading statements (including another stammering and stuttering appearance just a few moments ago), Andy McCarthy’s apoplectic bag of gibberish, and the Powerline today, is why are they lying?
Why? The facts are clear:
For example, Richard Clarke, the former Chief National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Advisor to Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, has stated: ‘Our ability to track and monitor terrorists overseas would not cease should the Protect America Act expire. If this were true, the president would not threaten to terminate any temporary extension with his veto pen. All surveillance currently occurring would continue even after legislative provisions lapsed because authorizations issued under the act are in effect up to a full year.’
“And, Kenneth Wainstein, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security recently said in an interview – according to the New York Times – that if the PAA expires, intelligence officials would still be able to continue eavesdropping on already approved targets for another year under the law.
“We must not fall prey to fear-mongers who claim that our intelligence community could ‘go dark.’ That is simply not true.
And, if it is so important, Bush could sign an extension. He chose not to do that. Kevin Drum also points out another option:
Look, if it’s that important, there’s a simple answer: pass the bill without telecom immunity. Then come back and introduce immunity in a separate bill. If you’ve got the votes for it, fine. If not, too bad. I’m against immunity myself — though hardly hellbent on the subject — but whichever way the vote went, in the meantime we’d have the FISA extension and surveillance could continue normally.
So we are in a 12 day recess, Bush does not have his bill, and yet, life still goes on. But back to my main question- “Why are they lying about it?” I just do not get it. Do they really see some sort of political gain? Or are we finally at the end of the rope, they can not win any arguments, so the minority party and this failed President have only lies and bullying tactics to show that they are somehow relevant?
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