“The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications,” Tice claimed. “It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications…”
“In one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations, just supposedly so that we would not target them,” Tice told Olbermann. “What I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7 and 365 days a year — and it made no sense… I started to investigate that. That’s about the time when they came after me to fire me.”
When Olbermann pressed him for specifics, Tice offered, “An organization that was collected on were US news organizations and reporters and journalists.”
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I must admit that if I’ve heard of Gail Collins before tonight (or this morning, as it were) I have no recollection of it, but as of now I completely and TOTALLY heart her — although I can only imagine how many death threats the NYT is receiving on her behalf from the Radical Reich.
There is absolutely no — zero, zip, nada — NO reason to keep criminals like Robert Mueller, Ben Bernanke, and Michael Mullen; these Republicans are part of the most corrupt band of thugs to ever occupy America’s executive branch of government and they will seek to undermine everything that a Democratic administration could and should want to implement.
Then again, Obama hasn’t really seemed all that interested in being a Democrat, has he? He cares more about being a “centrist” (meaning he wants to play both parties against each other so that neither has any leverage against him).
Bush, the first “president” to have an MBA, has certainly done wonders for the economy, hasn’t he?
The number of U.S. residents collecting state unemployment benefits reached the highest level in 25 years, rising by 122,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.84 million in the week ending Oct. 25, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
(Via Think Progress)
“…as a result of the United States military, [the] Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afghanistan are now free.”
Taliban militants recently kidnapped and killed between 30 and 40 bus passengers in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.
Afghan officials identified the victims as civilians, but a Taliban spokesman said the group’s fighters arrested and killed 27 Afghan soldiers.
The incident happened on Thursday in the Maiwand district of southern Kandahar Province, a dangerous Taliban-controlled area.
Posted in Politics, tagged bailout, boondoggle, Bush Junta, corporate welfare, Democratic Party, economy, Paul Wellstone, Pete Domenici, plutocracy, predatory lending, Republican Party, Subprime mortgage crisis, Wall Street, Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act on 10.01.08| 1 Comment »
First the Senate does a Constitutional end-run to take up the bailout of Bush’s golfing buddies despite having no real authority to do so by tacking the bailout to the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008:”
The mental health bill has passed the House before and becomes the Senate vehicle upon which everything is loaded. By constitutional mandate all tax bills must originate in the House but by attaching it to a bill that has already passed the House, that rule is circumvented and the mental health bill is so old it’s original cosponsors were Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici. Gotta love the irony that this is all on the back of keeping American workers sane.
Then, not content with looting the taxpayers’ treasury to the tune of $700 billion and completely ignoring the public outcry against that figure on Monday, the Senate plutocrats upped the price tag of this theft to $810 billion with irresponsible tax breaks:
In a historic vote, the Senate approved a massive $700 billion rescue plan for the nation’s finance system Wednesday night, but only after tacking on another $110 billion in tax breaks to lure votes from both parties.
Yes, because at a time when our infrastructure is crumbling and unemployment is at a five-year high due to the Republican Party’s criminal behavior (aided and abetted by Congressional Democrats), what we need is even more of the same tax-cut and deficit-spend idiocy that contributed so much to this overblown mess in the first place.
I’d say that there are 74 senators who should be burned in effigy, but metaphorical burning is too good for them; they should have a taste of the real thing, perhaps in the form of a “T” for “Thief” branded on their foreheads.
Posted in Film & TV, Politics, tagged bailout, Barney Franks, boondoggle, Bush Junta, corporate welfare, Democratic Party, economy, Nancy Pelosi, predatory lending, Republican Party, Subprime mortgage crisis, Wall Street on 09.29.08| Leave a Comment »
…It’s another Bush boondoggle. I’m especially happy that the Repugs actually whined that a speech by “Ms. Impeachment-is-Off-the-Table” was their motivation for scuttling the unnecessary bailout and Barney Frank’s response to their petulance.
The GOP’s mishandling of the publicity surrounding their killing of the deal makes them look like a bunch of petty idiots for failing to get 12 extra votes to bail-out Bush’s golfing buddies simply because Nancy was mean to them, and America’s corporate sociopaths didn’t get their corporate welfare. It’s a twofer!
Here’s the transcript of the speech, and below is the speech itself: