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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"O'BRIEN:... can the government use spy satellites to snoop on us here at home?

COHEN: ... Now we're talking about the Defense Department and the intelligence community using something far more sophisticated. And if you combine that with eavesdropping capability -- namely, the wireless -- the search -- the search warrant wiretapping... that we're doing now without search warrants, if you combine that capability with this, then you have some real civil liberties issues that we have to contend with... we are on a slippery slope. And I think it's really important that Congress take this opportunity as soon as it comes back into session, take an opportunity to analyze what the issues are, what sort of filters should applied. We've had posse comitatus. This is a prohibition against using defense capabilities for domestic law enforcement purposes. Now, if you label everything "homeland security" or "anti-terrorist activity," does that mean you no longer have any kind of prohibition against the Defense Department or the intelligence community, which has its own culture and its own mission now being used for domestic purposes? This is a serious, serious issue. It ought to be debated. It ought to be really fleshed out and say, what are the standards, what are the restrictions that we can apply?"

Hmm, they say "not to worry if you aren't doing anything wrong", but now you won't be able to drop your drawers without your behind being observed!

This would be like expecting to hear the truth
About any given Road Runner crisis
If an assessment were made by Wile E. Coyote
Who is so fond of Acme devices.

The idea that the U.S. could be considering classifying the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a "terrorist" organization, based upon some dubious evidence that the organization is supplying some weapons -- in particular those shaped charges that have been so effective in roadside bombs against U.S. military vehicles -- is pretty preposterous when you consider the source.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Harvey Wasserman

Karl Rove scoots off the sunken White House ship with his plans for future neo-con dominance safe and secure -- in the hands of Democrats unwilling or incapable of challenging his dirtiest deeds.

Elected to end a lunatic war, the Democratic Congress has prolonged it, earning approval ratings even lower than those of George W. Bush, whom Rove designated as a "war president" long before the attack on Iraq.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

The Superior man is liberal towards others' opinions, but does not completely agree with them; the inferior man agrees with others' opinions, but is not liberal with them. -- Confucius.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Stephen Crockett

Karl Rove gave the Republican Party the political equivalent of the credit card teaser rate! It sure seemed good in the short term, but reality sets in over the long run. Yes, "political genius" Karl Rove is the Democratic secret weapon that spells many, many Democratic victories over the next generation.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 07:06

BuzzFlash Mailbag for August 16, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

[BuzzFlash Note: Goin' fishin' ... but we shall return Monday, August 27.]

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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith

Karl Rove is smart enough, but he's no genius. Rove's political depravity put moral Americans at a disadvantage in contests with him. But crediting him with innovation or genius is like crediting Jack the Ripper with the invention of the knife. So why did the political press do it? Why did they love Karl Rove?

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 05:23

Amicusbriefs: Backing Down From Cowards

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Amicusbriefs

It is part of the job description of 21st century politicians to make a lot of noise. In the case of the Bush administration, the roar consists of laughable terror scares and pejoratives aimed at Democrats. They can't shout about any benevolent legislation, as everything Bush has signed into law has been either overtly or covertly harmful to human beings. Even the ruckus about national security - supposedly Bush's strongest favorable rating - is just white noise designed to confuse. We are in much greater danger as Americans due to Bush's "Bomb first and ask questions later" policy.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:13

Will Durst: Me. Me. Me. Me. Me

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You know what's wrong with America? I mean, besides a headache medicine that you apply to your forehead? Our national obsession with "me." Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Nobody ever thinks about "us" anymore. It's all about "me." "You" are on your own. "We" is a convenient umbrella for a collection of like minded "me's," of which "I" better play a feature part and "they" and "them" are simply obstacles to be steered clear of at all costs and knocked down and run over with track cleats if unavoidable.
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