I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Credibility - Bush administration edition

I awoke this morning relieved to see I was still alive in spite of the fact that the Protect America Act had expired. According to the right wing Washington Times I shouldn't have been surprised.
Analysts say FISA will suffice
Many intelligence scholars and analysts outside the government say that today's expiration of certain temporary domestic wiretapping laws will have little effect on national security, despite warnings to the contrary by the White House and Capitol Hill Republican leaders.
With the Protect America Act expiring this weekend, domestic wiretapping rules will revert to the 30-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which requires the government to obtain a warrant from a special court to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance in the United States.

The original FISA law, these experts say, provides the necessary tools for the intelligence community to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists.

Timothy Lee, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, said the last time Congress overhauled FISA — after the September 11 terrorist attacks — President Bush praised the action, saying the new law "recognizes the realities and dangers posed by the modern terrorist."

"Those are the rules we'll be living under after the Protect America Act expires this weekend," Mr. Lee added. "There's no reason to think our nation will be in any more danger in 2008 than it was in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, or 2006."
The Bush administration, the Republicans and the right wing bloggers have so little credibility left that not even the Washington Times is buying their b--- S--- fear mongering. My congratulations to the House Democrats and my advice for the Senate Democrats is to grow a pair.

John Cole:
And that isn’t the liberal media saying that. That is the Moonie Times.

Bush is so credibility free that even the Washington Times won’t carry his water any more, and the wimpy Democrats in Congress are for once defying him. Can you say “lame duck?”
And while you are over there read this great take down of Nicholas Kristoff.

Update II
Mr I've been wrong about everything, Bill Kristol, thinks congress should just give proven criminal George W. Bush the benifit of the doubt.
Kristol: It’s ‘Unbelievable’ That Congress Won’t Give Bush ‘The Benefit Of The Doubt’ On Spying

Update III
What it's all about from Digby:
The Republicans are wise and understand that this isn't an easy issue to explain to the American people. They know they can just say that the Democrats are refusing to give the President the tools he needs to keep terrorists from killing you in your beds. And it might work again. But the administration has been crying wolf for nearly six years, over and over again, whenever they want something, and it's human nature to discount these threats after a while. The Republicans will run on beating back the twin boogeymen of terror and taxes, and there are a fair number of people who will throw in their lot with the fear mongers. But it seems pretty clear that most of the country is not as responsive to this stuff as they used to be.

9/11 was a terrible day and the price the world has paid for it has been huge. Iraqis and Americans and Afghans continue to pay the price every day. But this mindless fearmongering has turned 9/11 into a cheap Republican advertising campaign. I'm sure they'd love to switch gears and try another tack, but really, what do they have? They've got their "reformer with results" St John McCain out there snarling out the words "my friends" like a rabid pit bull with Tourette's Syndrome and talking about staying in Iraq for a thousand years while claiming that he's going to radically cut non-defense government spending during a recession. He's like a Salvadore Dali version of Bush.