That wasn’t my first clue

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Glenn Greenwald:

GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama’s demand for renewed warrantless eavesdropping

To this day, many people identify mid-2008 as the time they realized what type of politician Barack Obama actually is. Six months before, when seeking the Democratic nomination, then-Sen. Obama unambiguously vowed that he would filibuster “any bill” that retroactively immunized the telecom industry for having participated in the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program.

But in July 2008, once he had secured the nomination, a bill came before the Senate that did exactly that – the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 – and Obama not only failed to filibuster as promised, but far worse, he voted against the filibuster brought by other Senators, and then voted in favor of enacting the bill itself. That blatant, unblinking violation of his own clear promise – actively supporting a bill he had sworn months earlier he would block from a vote – caused a serious rift even in the middle of an election year between Obama and his own supporters.

Critically, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 did much more than shield lawbreaking telecoms from all forms of legal accountability. Jointly written by Dick Cheney and then-Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller, it also legalized vast new, sweeping and almost certainly unconstitutional forms of warrantless government eavesdropping.

In doing so, the new 2008 law gutted the 30-year-old FISA statute that had been enacted to prevent the decades of severe spying abuses discovered by the mid-1970s Church Committee: by simply barring the government from eavesdropping on the communications of Americans without first obtaining a warrant from a court. Worst of all, the 2008 law legalized most of what Democrats had spent years pretending was such a scandal: the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program secretly implemented by George Bush after the 9/11 attack. In other words, the warrantless eavesdropping “scandal” that led to a Pulitzer Prize for the New York Times reporters who revealed it ended not with investigations or prosecutions for those who illegally spied on Americans, but with the Congressional GOP joining with key Democrats (including Obama) to legalize most of what Bush and Cheney had done. Ever since, the Obama DOJ has invoked secrecy and standing doctrines to prevent any courts from ruling on whether the warrantless eavesdropping powers granted by the 2008 law violate the Constitution.


Gee Glenn, the FISA revision wasn’t my first clue. I realized what type of politician Barack Obama actually is six months earlier when he played the race card on Bill and Hillary. I wasn’t exactly enamored of him before that (his supporters repelled me) but falsely accusing the Clintons of racism is about as down and dirty as is gets. Any Democrat politician with honor and integrity would never throw such a low blow.

So by the time Obama’s FISA revision flip-flop came around I wasn’t shocked and surprised by what Obama did. Hillary, on the other hand, kept her promise and voted against the FISA revision. Then she went to work for Obama.

The FISA revision is a prime example of why the whole “The Republicans Are Worse®” argument is so much bullshit. When the shit gets real both parties join hands to fuck us over. The rest is kabuki. (While some Democrats voted against the FISA revision, they sure didn’t put up much of a fight, did they?)

As far as I am concerned the only difference between Democrats and Republicans is which direction you’re facing when they stab you.


We told you so


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45 Responses to That wasn’t my first clue

  1. cj says:

    I thought FISA came sooner than that? My first clues were Donny McClurkin, the race card & FISA. Before McClurkin, I was completely uncommitted to anyone in the primary except for the fact that I hated John Edwards & thought Obama was too inexperienced. (I was still willing to give Bronco a chance though.)

    I’m trying to remember when the kool aide hit & the Obots turned ugly? I think it started around the time of McClurkin when I believe the first mass banning of gays started at DU.

    Told you so, told you so, told you so…I only wish it helped.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Since 2007, this whole surreal Obama experience can be summed up in one scene from Blazing Saddles (NSFW) …. otherwise, I got nothing 😉

  3. insanelysane says:

    The FISA vote is what confirmed , without a doubt, for me, that Barack Obama was a bamboozler, a liar and would do or say anything to win an election. ( before FISA, I has suspected same, but nothing I actually witnessed with my own eyes and ears)
    That FISA rhetoric about his promise to filibuster and then his actual vote is when the worst in him became fact and was put on record for all to see.

    Unfortunately, by then the Kool-ade had been administered and consumed by the millions.

    • cj says:

      What we still don’t know is the extent of the payoffs & infiltration of the left wing blogs by the O-machine. Aravoisis accidentally hinted at it awhile ago, but then clammed up when his comment section was suddenly deluged with pissed off Hillary supporters demanding answers.

      We knew it wasn’t just the kool aide. That was bad enough, but the whole mythological Obama tidal wave was orchestrated & choreographed by the journolisters and blog owners who were being hand-fed by Axelrod’s team itself.

  4. swanspirit says:

    The Vile Progs and Obots eyes just seem to glaze over and their tongues stick to the roofs of their mouths when you present evidence like this . They prefer the mythology of BroncObama. Cult breaking is a difficult endeavor.

  5. tommy says:

    After reading this, an old song miraculously resurrected itself in my head. Don’t ask me why. Don’t know. ‘Hey Patty Garrett, thats what I used to call you. They tell me you want me, but I hear they’ve got you. They made you a lawman, with a badge made of silver. They paid you some money, to sell them my blood’.

  6. catarina says:

    Own It, Bitchez.

  7. driguana says:

    Still going to take a lot of time for the Obama Klingons to wake up…just watching some of the Democratic mouthpieces this morning talk about Obama’s political brilliance. If he was so smart, he would have stepped up to the plate on the fiscal and economic issues a year ago….but, no, he is the game show host president and has to make everything he does theatrical and dramatic. Some might call this political brilliance, I call it lack of leadership. Washington is no longer about leadership…..maybe hasn’t been in years…or perhaps ever….but is now all about political gamesmanship…..I have harped repeatedly about the lack of true leadership in this country and with the advent of Oh ’13….it’s time to go back to the local roots and reestablish local leadership to which local politicians must adhere…and work our way back up so that we will never have to repeat the havoc and divisiveness that Obama has created.

  8. tommy says:

    But……….but……….but……….HeathCLIFF, CLIFF Richards etc.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Best comment seen on twitter today: “Unless it’s actual politicians jumping off, I have no interest in the fiscal cliff.”

  10. insanelysane says:

    In my dream, I see a nation on the brink of the cliff. The Dem and Rep Congress are at a stalemate. The POTUS steps up to the mike in front of the nation to posture politically and preen as usual, and a defiant Press and passionate citizens ask him point blank to lead us out of this mess.
    To tell us his plan in detail what he is going to do to solve it once and for all.

    After POTUS exhausts his usual blather about tax the rich and not hurt families he has nothing.
    NOTHING.
    In my dream,Obama has the deer in the head light look knowing he is at the end of his ability to bull shitte. He stumbles and falters and he is laid naked.
    The empty chair.
    The full of hot air politician is a fraud.
    He came very close in that first debate.
    Even the blind would have to see that he is a small petty man , not a leader.

    Ah, that I’d like to see that.

  11. driguana says:

    Jimmy Cliff…..the harder they come…the harder they fall…one and all…

  12. leslie says:

    from the misplaced comment in the previous post:

    . . . and Bronco’s FISA vote didn’t surprise me either – it infuriated me. All the obots around me made excuse upon excuse for that effing vote, and promoted the idea that he would immediately “repeal all of FISA after he was elected”. Sadly, I’m still angry.

    And unbelievably, they are still making excuses.

  13. tommy says:

    Maybe we should open a non-partisan compulsary dating website. Get Karl Rove to date Donna Brazile. They’d make a great slimy couple, don’t you think? Gotta find a slimy GOP’er for Axelrod though. It ain’t easy. Lol. The divide is too great. It needs to be bridged.

  14. Propertius says:

    s far as I am concerned the only difference between Democrats and Republicans is which direction you’re facing when they stab you.

    Stealing that.

  15. tommy says:

    I’ve got to word myself carefully. I’m getting word from my Pakistani friends. Its been almost 30 years, but certain things are happening that are beyond coincidence. To put it obliquely, the drone strikes ain’t coincidental. For those who have an ear, let them hear.

  16. Roberta says:

    I had Obama’s number and I knew Obama was a fraud on a very early vote as a U.S. Senator from IL – HR 1 – part of which included continuing torturing of prisoners at Guantamo after definitely promising in his speech at the 2007 Democratic Convention that he would never vote for torture of Guantamo prisoners. After that vote he went downhill with almost every thing he said or did.

  17. piper says:

    Plenty of stories in the Chicago press about Bronco’s performance in Illinois which showed that he was incompetent, uncaring for his constituents and usually stating that he meant to vote the other way which was never his fault. Also the dirty tactics that he used to ‘remove’ better candidates.

    As for the fiscal cliff both sides are playing the same role of drama queen and will raise taxes on everyone while cutting entitlements like SS and Medicare. They’ll cry and gnash their teeth while blaming the other side. Boohooboo.

  18. foxyladi14 says:

    They kill bad guys.and also women and Children. 😯

  19. myiq2xu (D) says:

  20. myiq2xu (D) says:

    Guess who?

    Kids in the 60s and early 70s were less violent. We knew all the words to the protest

    songs and no one we knew owned guns except bad suburban dads wwho beat their kids on Sundays as prophylactic punishment and hunters.

    True story.

    Now she’s just makin’ shit up.

    • yttik says:

      According to Gallup, gun ownership has declined in the US since the 1960’s. In 1968 it peaked to 51% claiming they owned a gun. Today it is at 39%. Of course it’s a poll, so maybe everyone is lying.

      I guess she missed the part about all the famous people being shot in the peace loving 60’s, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, John F Kennedy

    • catarina says:

      Bat shit insane, no other explanation.

  21. yttik says:

    All these late blooming whiners suddenly discovering Obama isn’t who they thought he was, are racist. Seriously, that’s the genuine kind of racism, when you put an inexperienced black man in charge of something way above his pay grade….and than try to blame the black man for his incompetence. Obama is simply who he is, the morons who put him in office based on some imaginary composite, have no business now blaming the guy they projected all their black man fantasies onto.

    • Constance says:

      I don’t think Obama is in charge, I think he is just the front man. I got the same feeling about Bush. Strangely I did feel like Clinton was making his own decisions.

  22. Underwhelmed says:

    At the end of the day? There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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