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Joe Lieberman Doesn't Trust The Voters of Connecticut

@ 09:53 PM (101 months, 3 days ago)

Joe Lieberman was elected Vice-President of the United States in November of 2000, but was prevented by the Supreme Court from serving.  And considering the fact that he received more votes than Dick Cheney in 2000, you might think that he trusts the voters in this country.

But sadly, Lieberman proved today that he doesn't trust the voters in Connecticut.  

Lieberman is up for re-election this fall, and has a challenger in the primaries, in the form of Ned Lamont. And he announced today that should he fail to pull off a win against Lamont in the primaries, he intends to petition for a spot on the November general election ballot as an "independent Democrat." 

In other words, despite polls that show him with a nice lead over Lamont, Lieberman believes there's a chance he just might lose (maybe his hawkish support of an unpopular, and many believe illegal war, has something to do with that).

And so Lieberman is trying a little CYA.

He doesn't trust the voters to send him on to the general election, and he's determined to put himself on the ballot in November by petitioning as an "independend Democrat."

In other words, Joe Lieberman is no better than the 5 members of the Supreme Court who prevented him from taking office in 2001.  He wants to potentially subvert the will of the voters.

Lieberman Will Petition


Bush Lied; Congress Was NOT Briefed on Bank Records Program

@ 02:09 PM (101 months, 3 days ago)

Well color me surprised!  George Bush lied!  I'm shocked, I tell you!

It turns out Bush wasn't truthful when he said last week that the United States Congress was briefed on the bank records program.

Sen. Diane Feinstein, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says she was NOT briefed on the program until the Administration realized the New York Times was going to publish a story on it. 

From yesterday's edition of ABC News This Week with George Stephanopolous:

STEPHANOPOULOS: The White House said they briefed the Congress on this matter and there is no law called into question. Do you believe that a law is called into question and that this program might have been illegal?

FEINSTEIN: Well, I’m on the Intelligence Committee. I can tell you when I was briefed and when the committee was briefed — and that was when it became apparent that the New York Times had the story and was going to run it. And that’s when and why they came to us and briefed us.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you knew nothing about it before the New York Times was asking questions?

FEINSTEIN: That’s correct.

Under the law, the Administration is required to brief the entire intelligence committee on intelligence programs.  While they can keep secret certain aspects of a program, they cannot hide a program's existence.

What's more, the Congressional Research Service concluded that BushCo's limited briefings to Congress have violated the law.  A Congressional Research Service report said “the Bush administration’s limited briefings for Congress on the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping without warrants are ‘inconsistent with the law.’”

Courtesy of Think Progress:

Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed On Bank Records Program Until Administration Knew NYT Was Publishing

EXCLUSIVE: CRS Report That Concludes The Administration Broke the Law