On February 14 Silvestre Reyes, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, crawled up in Dubya’s grille and dropped some righteous nard-stomping pro-democracy rhetoric on his punk ass. We were as happy as we were stunned to see a Democratic leader swinging an actual set of cojones in the face of Mr. President’s fragrantly anti-liberty pro-corporate full-monty assault on our freedoms.
House leaders spent the week floating their specific proposals for how they intend to comply in full, and yesterday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes went on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, refused to criticize the President or the Senate FISA bill, and repeatedly and meekly expressed his willingness “this week” to give what he called full “blanket immunity” to telecoms (C&L has the video of Reyes’ astoundingly weak and incoherent answers in response to Blitzer’s Bush-mimicking questions). (More here.)
It’s like a bad courtroom drama – they must have gotten to Reyes. I don’t know – maybe some of the info Bush showed him made clear that the only way to safeguard democracy is to empower corporations to plunder our civil rights with impunity. If so, I trust him. I mean, he’s never lied to us before.
So that’s one theory. There are others, and we’d do well to keep an eye on Silvestre’s bank account over the coming months, I suspect.
In any case we’re on the verge of a “compromise,” but the only things I see being compromised are our freedoms and the Democratic Party’s alleged integrity.
Remind me again why I was so happy about that Democratic sweep back in November?