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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

HR 1309 - Freedom of Information Act Request Changes; Undoing the Damage Bush has Done

Today, House Bill HR1309 is being debated in the House.

Following the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, then Attorney General John Ashcroft shut down the Freedom of information Act during the Neoconservative fear and smear frenzy that ensued in their unprecedented power-grab.

You remember Ashcroft - the 'singing' Attorney General - the same moron who covered up Lady Justice's tatas.

The same man not only wrote, but sang that corny tune about letting the eagles soar [click here and hang on to your cookies] - it is pretty bad.

He's as shitty a singer as he was Attorney General. His vibrato stinks as bad as his lyrics.

If you change the words soar for sore, I gotta tell ya folks, he, "Left the eagle sore, like she has never been sore before!" Hmm, that sounds like the makings of a good joke;

Q: How does a Neoconservative make an eagle sore?

I'm working on the punch-line...

In the post-9/11 era, Americans are beginning to realize just how controlling the Bush Administration became in refusing to release information citing National Security issues. It turned out to be a great means of protection from public scrutiny and any more potentially embarrassing revelations about their deceit and intrigue. It has become evident all they were doing was directed at cover ing their asses for lying to the America public and the world as well.

You see, it is easier to keep your program of lies if you can keep them hidden from the public. Stomping on the Freedom of Information Act dovetailed with the lies like - Saddam is building Weapons of Mass Destruction...

Today's Bill served a couple of purposes by rolling back the Bush Administration's effort to stymie legal access to documents which they would prefer to keep under wraps. Thanks to HR 1309, there will be a 20 day limit requiring the government to provide a formal response to requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act.

Section 4 of the Bill calls for reimbursement of Attorney's fees - Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) contended - albeit weakly - that this has potential of driving the costs up. His arguments are specious in that the only way costs are going to shoot up is when the Government decides to stonewall a request.

How I love stupid Conservatives.

On the other hand, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) complained about how a change was made to the resolution after it had already left committee. Unfortunately, the dope then waxed on and on about how since this was "Sunshine week" that the bill was changed none theless. He failed to research what the change made was - OPEN MOUTH - insert foot.

The changes that Rep. Turner bemoaned had to do with making the Bill compliant with the "Pay-Go" requirement meaning that it could not be adding to the monstrous deficit that already exists. Yes, another stupid complaint.

It just goes to illustrate that these arrogant chumps have to make waves even if they are stupid because, they have nothing to complain about.

It just passed: 308 For, 117 Against



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