12.08.2004

You did it, didn't you...You maniacs!


The headlines only give part of the story. "Congress Approves Sweeping Intelligence Bill" they say, but what they neglect to mention is that it's doubtful that more than a handful in congress actually read the bill before passing it, if anyone did at all.

The final draft of this 3,000 page bill which will instate the most monumentous, and expensive, changes in intelligence, security, and internal federal law enforcement matters of our lifetime wasn't available for congressmen to read yesterday at 2PM. How likely is it that they got copies later in the day and read all 3,000 pages before voting on it a few hours later?

I have to give them the benefit of the doubt for the fact that this bill has been debated in congress for a while now, but how do they, and we, know what was in the final bill? Was anything slipped in at the last minute, as congresspersons are apt to do? Will there be more assaults on the Constitution like we saw in the unPatriot Act? Will we now have to register for a national ID? It doesn't take much. The unPatriot Act only has a dozen or so sections that totally obliterate most of the Bill Of Rights.

The unPatriot Act was 400 pages and congress only had three hours to read the final bill it before voting. It wasn't until weeks later that the full extent of the Act was realized. I don't know what time the vote was held today, but the fools have passed a 3,000 page bill that, at best, they may have had available for reading at the end of the day yesterday.

As the crazed Joseph McCarthy said "How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster?"



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