Sunday, July 09, 2006
Hoekstra Vs. Bush
It’s obvious that Republicans will play politics with anything, even the .

In a sharply worded letter, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee has told President Bush that the administration is angering lawmakers, and possibly violating the law, by giving Congress too little information about domestic surveillance programs.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Mich.) has been a staunch defender of the administration's anti-terrorism tactics. But seven weeks ago, he wrote to Bush to report that he had heard of "alleged Intelligence Community activities" not outlined to committee members in classified briefings.

Besides Arlen Specter - who pipes up about the legality of these programs, only to randomly pussy out in the end - and a few other Congressional Republicans, the GOP has supported Bush in public, acting as though they do not need to oversee these programs. It’s good politics because their base views Bush as God, and any public outrage about these policies could spell death for their political endeavors.

This letter shows that Republicans do have concerns, though they will only speak about them in private.

In the end, American citizens are the ones getting screwed by the GOP. Because of these political games, Constitutional oversight has become this, like, totally evil thing to some people, allowing Bush entirely too much power. I congratulate the NYT for publishing this story. Perhaps, now, some of the Bush supporters will realize how wrong they are on this issue. Even if it is for “National Security” purposes, we cannot dismantle the Constitution.

UPDATE1 11:13 AM: Apparently, Hoekstra was on Fox News Sunday this morning. With his letter outing him, Hoekstra had to the things that he had tried to hide.

In doing so, he confirmed a story that first ran in Sunday editions of the New York Times.

"I take it very, very seriously otherwise I would not have written the letter to the president," Hoekstra said.

"This is actually a case where the whistle-blower process was working appropriately and people within the intelligence community brought to my attention some programs that they believed we had not been briefed on. They were right," said Hoekstra, a close ally of Bush.

Ummm, I’m glad that we are all admitting that Bush broke the law here. These programs are supposed to have Congressional oversight, and they didn’t. Are we all just going to turn our heads and pretend that none of this is happening?

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