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Countdown: Bush Used Bogus Terror Threat To Scare Votes For FISA Bill
Keith Olbermann has been tracking the Bush Administration’s use of trumped up terror alerts to manipulate the American people for the past two years, but in this latest Nexus of Politics & Terror report on Countdown, it appears the president stooped to a new low by using a bogus terror threat that specifically targeted Capitol Hill to manipulate members of Congress just hours before a crucial vote on the FISA bill last August.
According to Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Terrorism Risk Assessment, the Bush administration knowingly used bogus intelligence to make lawmakers believe there was the chance of an imminent attack on the U.S. Capitol, thus frightening them into passing the temporary expansion of his powers to spy on Americans under the FISA act. Keith talks with former Reagan administration official and chairman of the American Freedom Agenda Bruce Fein, who has called for the impeachment of both Dick Cheney and George Bush about Bush’s unconstitutional power grabs and how the Democrats can exert their powers as a co-equal branch of government by refusing to fund any spending mandated in future FISA bills.
Bruce Fein points out that Bush claims the right to spy without warrants regardless of whether Congress says he can or not.
ASK JANE HARMAN TO IMPEACH: Phone (202) 225 8220, Fax (202) 226 7290.
It might work to leak to her the "intelligence" that specific threats have been uncovered making very clear that the US Capitol is likely to be perfectly safe tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow, there is a definite absence of threats of neither shoe bombers nor unmanned aerial bullshit. Tomorrow is the day for Congress to hurry up and act as if it's not afraid of its own shadow.