Sen. Arlen Specter Demands Investigation of Spying... In The NFL

from the priorities dept

Sometimes, no amount of snark can top the real world. Threat Level notes that "Arlen Specter, the Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday demanded an independent investigation into 'Spygate.'" Not the administration's various warrantless eavesdropping programs, but allegations that the New England Patriots have been secretly recording the signals of opposing teams. Because, of course, Congress has nothing more important to worry about than cheating in football. This is particularly galling when juxtaposed with reports that the administration has unveiled (sort of) a "cyber-security" proposal that includes expanded spying on the Internet. That is something that could use more scrutiny from Congress. Indeed, because the Bush administration has shrouded details of its surveillance programs in secrecy, Congress has a unique role in investigating the proposal and exposing any aspects that could violate civil liberties. And the Ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee would be a big help in those efforts. But unfortunately, the threat of expanded spying in the NFL is such a serious problem that Sen. Specter doesn't seem to have much time to investigate spying programs that affect those of us who don't play football for a living.

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  1. identicon
    OnePissedOffAmerican, 17 May 2008 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Re: To Hell In A Handbacket

    He's a republican, not a right-winger....There is a difference.

    It seems that in the last 10 years or so, the republican AND democrat parties have been hijacked by ultra left wing agendas. This is the reason why we the people have NO representation in our own government anymore. The republicans of the regan era were conservatives. The democrats of the 50's, 60's and 70's were even moderate conservatives and had America's best interest at heart to some degree. This is no longer the case for any party or any section of the Government. You and I, the people are left twisting in the wind bracing for the next moronic congressional, presidential or judicial move that serves nothing but to increase governmental control over our lives. You can make fun of my views if you want, but while you do, please understand that its pointless since I'm not your enemy. You are not mine, we are all in the crosshairs of BIG BROTHER and it is the never ending chipping away of common sense by congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle, the never ending shift to oligarchy by out of control judges, the never ending slide to oblivion by presidents who slowly gain more and more power with each new term that will eventually kill us all...not literally of course.... I hope.

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