February 15, 2006


Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt (Charles Babington, February 15, 2006, Washington Post)

Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican and Democratic sources said yesterday.

They ought to let the Democrats hold hearings.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 15, 2006 12:07 PM

"an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort"

Rove wants to delay the hearings until summer or later--the closer to the elections, the better. Bwahahaha!

Posted by: b at February 15, 2006 12:36 PM

.. when Rove arranges for the next NYT exposť.

Posted by: Gideon at February 15, 2006 12:47 PM

Bill Quick made the point that the admin rolled over and accepted more congressional oversight of the president's war powers.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 15, 2006 3:27 PM

Congress can "oversee" whatever it wants--it just can't change the policy.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2006 5:20 PM


There is one tiny problem with this "turn of events" -- Congress isn't doing their job.

So what's new? Well, there is a solution to this. That's right. The thing Karl Rove forgot to include in his "big election" plan: State proclamations.

What!?!? Yes, dear readers -- you're in for a treat. Today, behold: The Nightmare for the White House: [ Click ]

You heard of the big, scary "Nuclear option"? Well, this is the nightmare hiding under the RNC-rug. The way it works is this: Only one state needs to do anything. Our team is well underway using communication systems the NSA cannot intercept, and they have successfully poise Vermont to do this.

That's right! Congress is about to be ordered to do their job with a state proclamation. Here are the details on that: [ Click ]

But it gets worse for the ungrateful ones in the White House: The RNC cannot bury this in committee. Rather, the proclamation trumps all House business and they have to vote.

And there's another surprise: This method has already been tested, and is consistent with the House rules. This was done in 1903 against a sitting Federal Judge.

But it gets even worse for the White House: Even though the House could not agree "what happened" -- they still ordered an investigation; and the committee had to return a results -- that [what for it] the committee couldn't agree on.

But then it gets worse! The House -- despite the efforts to "do nothing" and "hide this" and "confuse the issue" -- in 1903 voted to . . . [wait for it] impeach!

All from a single Florida State proclamation.

Think it can't happen? Well, for the NSA and DoJ crowd out there -- know one thing -- you're in trouble, we know it, and there's nothing you can do to stop all 50 stats from reviewing this matter.

Now the state citizens have nine [9] . . .count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. . . .and. . .9 -- months to watch you squirm. There's no excuse for the Congress not to do anything. But if the Congress refuses to look at this matter, the voters will know that they defied the will of the people, ignored their oaths, and chose to assent to lawlessness.

So next time you get some "bad news" form the White House -- throw it back at them and say, "Uh, the States got something to say about that."

And they're on the way. So not to lose hope. Rather, stay determined. There is a team in place that is loyal to the Constitution, not to the idiots in Q2 or the toads inside the DoJ. This White House and RNC are in a no-win situation and you -- the voter, blogger, citizen -- can rest assured that something is being done to assert your constitution, and smack it across the face of Congress.

Now, go forth: And let your friends know about the Kos link -- something can be done, and Congress can be forced to do its job.

Best wishes!

- Constant -

Posted by: Constant at February 15, 2006 8:25 PM


Boy, you guys just don't get the Constitution do you? The Congress can't make a constitutionally authorized Presidential action illegal.

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2006 8:32 PM

oj, change that to: They ought to MAKE the Democrats hold hearings.

Posted by: erp at February 16, 2006 11:10 AM