Friday, August 3, 2007

Bush Blackmails Congress, 'No August Break'

Bush: Congress must stay at work to pass wiretapping bill

Bush's intent is to blackmail Congress holding the power over their head to block their vacation, unless they pass his version of a bill that violates our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Associated Press reports, "The president, who has the power under the Constitution to keep Congress in session, said lawmakers cannot leave for their August recess this weekend as planned unless they 'pass a bill that will give our intelligence community the tools they need to protect the United States.'"

"Earlier Friday, the White House offered an eleventh-hour accord to Democrats in the negotiations over the matter, saying it would agree to a court review of its foreign intelligence activities instead of leaving certification up to the attorney general and director of national intelligence," the AP article continues. "But it attached several conditions that could be unacceptable to Democrats: that the review would only be after-the-fact and would only involve the administration's general process of collecting the intelligence, not individual cases, said a senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity to more freely discuss internal deliberations."
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