Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Congressional culture of hypocrisy

From the Roanoke Times:

"When they found out the Bush administration was listening in on some Americans' international phone calls without bothering to obtain a warrant, most Republicans in Congress yawned.... But the FBI gets a lawful warrant to search the office of a representative allegedly caught on videotape accepting a $100,000 bribe and suddenly, GOP leaders in Congress sputter that the Bush administration is overreaching."

Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), is outraged that the FBI violated the sanctity of his office. But if I follow Congress' logic on the NSA's collection of phone numbers, why is he afraid if he has nothing to hide?

And after all the squabbling, invective, wasted time and money, Congress is managed to act together on this issue. They are demanding the return of Jefferson's papers from the FBI. How about you all demand the return of Americans' privacy first, and then we can talk about returning legally obtained papers?

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert had the gall to say that the papers had been 'unconstitutionally seized.' Oh, you remember what the Constitution is, do you?