Sunday, January 20, 2008

Frame shop

As Glennzilla has already pointed out, Chris Dodd's December heroics did not kill telecom immunity; the White House and its enablers from both parties are already laying the groundwork for another run at selling off the last fragment of the rule of law. And the framing is oh-so-familiar:

"Do they or do they not want our intelligence agencies to be listening in on conversations between terrorists in the Middle East who may be plotting to hurt America?" Rove asked.

As usual, there is no effective counter-spin coming from the loyal opposition. But the right framing struck me last night, and it is pretty damned obvious.

We don't need new laws to allow the CIA and FBI to listen when al Qaeda is on the phone. In 2001 they legally intercepted plenty of al Qaeda messages. What we need is a law requiring George Bush to listen when the intelligence community tries to tell him about those messages -- remember "bin Laden determined to attack in U.S."?


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