Saturday, March 04, 2006

Once Again, We Learn of Republican Honesty

Got a heads-up from Genn Greenwald about this when I wandered over this morning. Tell you what, I'll post the first three paragraphs, and you let me know just at what point your head explodes from not surprised:

The Senate Intelligence Committee was created in 1976 and, from the beginning, it has been unique in its structure and operation. Due to the urgency of ensuring that our country has nonpartisan and non-politicized oversight over the Government’s intelligence activities, the Intelligence Committee is structured so that -- unlike every other Senate Committee -- the majority is unable to dominate the Committee’s operation and agenda, and the minority has much greater powers than it does on any other Senate Committee.

With the March 7 vote looming on Sen. Rockefeller’s motion for the Committee to finally hold hearings to investigate the scope and nature of the Administration’s NSA warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens -- and with several Committee Republicans indicating their intent to vote for hearings -- Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened the Committee yesterday and warned it not to hold any hearings.

Frist specifically threatened that if the Committee holds NSA hearings, he will fundamentally change the 30-year-old structure and operation of the Senate Intelligence Committee so as to make it like every other Committee, i.e., controlled and dominated by Republicans to advance and rubber-stamp the White House’s agenda rather than exercise meaningful and nonpartisan oversight.
Though you can argue from the Patriot Act renewal, and justifiably so, about exactly what meaningful oversight we can expect from Democrats, i.e. whatever keeps those fat corporate checks rolling in - I'd think the whole rule of law issue here is an important one.

And the liberal media says what about this, exactly?

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