Thursday, July 26, 2007

I transcribed the following as best I could. It's in bits and pieces, but you'll get the idea.
Who do you think said it? Hillary? Schumer? Al Franken?

Our civil liberties, our right to privacy, are disappearing before our very eyes...

...the unabashed way our political leaders are playing on our fears to increase military powers...

The remedy? The vice president and the neocons have worked their way into the top echalons of power.
One: Take advantage of the new leadership in Congress, like Patrick Leahy...who are in a position to conduct oversight hearings...against the Department of Justice, against the illicit, unlawful surveillance of citizens. Especially that...The Democrats neet to change the laws. The ACLU deserves our support. This kind of thing takes a long time.
Two: Get the people in power to support the Constitution.

[I ] support an inquiry into the issues, like FISA issues especially, which are the most serious potential grounds for impeachment. They have violated federal laws... perjury and obstruction of justice.
That was all said, nearly to a word, by Bob Barr.
Barr was one of the most conservative members of the House, but occasionally displayed a libertarian streak. He only voted for the Patriot Act after his amendments adding "sunset clauses" were added to the final bill. However, he is best known for his role as one of the House managers during the Clinton impeachment trial. During debate on the impeachment articles, he argued that Clinton's misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case endangered the Constitution, and thus demanded Clinton's removal from office.
He said that on Thom Hartmann's radio program this morning. His words echo those of Bruce Fein, John Dean, and Jonathan Turley, among other conservatives/libertarians. Keep talking, guys, because we're listening.


At 8:03 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I hated posting this so late in the day, but I was--what's the word?--working.

At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so Barr's only one former Republican who's re-discovered his brain. It's a start.

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

A Republican who seems to recognize that hypocrisy is a bad thing. Wow.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Anon, if you count Fein, Dean, and Turley, we're up to at least 4.

In dog years, that's like, 10578.6.


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