Wednesday, March 29, 2006

All Animals are equal...the continuing saga

A decade ago a cell phone conversation of top Republican House members, including Majority Leader Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and John Boehner (the current majority leader) was recorded by a Florida couple and given to Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. As Josh Marshall puts it, "To make a long story semi-short, Gingrich, DeLay, Dick Armey, Boehner and several others got together on a conference call to plot a counterattack against a finding of the House Ethics Committee -- something Gingrich was explicitly prohibited from doing as a condition of the punishment he received for various ethical infractions." McDermott gave the tape to reporters and Boehner later sued McDermott for invasion of privacy and violations of state and federal wiretapping laws.

This week a federal appeals court ruled ruled that McDermott violated the rights of John Boehner by turning over the taped call to reporters. The court ordered McDermott to pay Boehner more than $700,000 for leaking the taped conversation. Just like Tom Delay suing for his dad's accidental death and Sen. Rick Santorum's wife's bad back lawsuit, Boehner is the typical Republican hypocrite who hates trial lawyers unless he needs one to sue somebody.

And just as Boehner loves hypocrisy he loves and wants to protect his privacy from electronic surveillance but not yours. A strong supporter of the NSA illegal wiretapping program Boehner defends the president who has admitted he ignored the FISA law which requires warrants to eavesdrop. While Boehner's lawyers said McDermott's actions were clearly illegal Boehner defends President Bush who has admitted he ignored the FISA law because it was inconvenient to what he wanted to do. In short, W made up his own law.

In a written statement, McDermott said he respectfully disagrees with the majority ruling. "My position rightly defends freedom of the press and free speech in America," he said. "The American people have a right to know when their government's leaders are plotting to deceive them, and that is exactly what was happening during a telephone call in 1996 involving Republican House leaders."

Don't you get it Jim? You should have said you were involved in the Terrorist Surveillance Program and that it was a matter of national security and that you can't talk about any aspect of the program and that the court and Boehner and his lawyers must be on the side of the terrorists and Al Qaeda because impeding his ability to listen while people plot and plan could lead to an attack on the U.S. Then he would haven't have a huge judgment against him and he'd probably be elected to higher office.

At least someone's rights are protected from illegal wiretapping. It's just not you.


Blogger rMatey said...

As a proud democrat Ohioan, I refer to him as "Boner" not as "Bayner." When you're a dickwad, you can only be a Boner.

8:33 PM  

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