from kurt nimmo: Don’t like the idea of the government walking with muddy shoes all over the Fourth Amendment and snooping your telephone calls, reading your email, rifling through credit and medical records? Well, obviously, you’re a conspiracy nut. Because the government loves you, it would never disrespect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The NSA, CIA, DHS, FBI, etc., are only looking for Osama, al-Qaeda, and more recently the white boy variant of al-Qaeda, under beds everywhere, plotting your demise because they hate your freedom to shop until you drop.
Doubt it? Check out Sen. Orrin Hatch, neocon from Utah, in the video here, recorded on June 25 while the congress critter professional corporate whore pontificated from the Senate floor.
hatch compares FISA critics to those ‘who wear tin foil hats and think 9/11 was an inside job.’
from thinkprogress: Speaking today on the Senate floor in favor of the Foreign Service Intelligence Act legislation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) compared critics of the bill – which include Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), among others — to deluded conspiracy theorists. Hatch mocked the what he called “onerous oversight provisions” included in the bill, and said those who raise the specter of unchecked executive wiretapping power “feed the delusions of those who wear tin foil hats around their house and think that 9/11 was an inside job.” Those “onerous” oversight provisions Hatch maligns? A ban on “reverse targeting” of Americans and a new requirement of probable cause for surveillance of Americans abroad.
update: Late this afternoon, the Senate voted 80-15 to invoke cloture on the FISA bill. Ian Welsh at FDL writes that this “was the real vote” and applauds the 15 senators who “voted for the Bill of Rights.”