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Thursday, April 27, 2006

This is how Senator Arlen Specter and his hard-left Senate buddies want to muzzle and hamstring the CIA....

Has Republicrat Senator Arlen Specter been inducted into the transnationalist hard-left elite club that works 24/7/365 to castrate U.S. intelligence agencies...? Somebody needs to take away his elephant suit and drop-kick him back to Pennsylvania.... for good.

Apparently, he is alarmed by the fact that the House of Representatives passed, with a wide margin, a bill to substantially increase funding for intelligence programs---right when he is trying to de-rail the terrorist surveillance program at the NSA.

Have a look-see for yourself in this newsflash from breitbart:

Hat tip to John Sherffius, from whom I snagged part of this political 'toon.

"Sen. Specter Threatens to Block NSA Funds"

"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter said Thursday he is considering legislation to cut off funding for the Bush administration's secret domestic wiretapping program until he gets satisfactory answers about it from the White House....

Specter said he had informed President Bush about his intention and that he has attracted several potential co-sponsors....

According to a copy of the amendment...., it would enact a "prohibition on use of funds for domestic electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes unless Congress is kept fully and currently informed...."

He (Specter) said he's considering adding an amendment to stop funding of the program to an Iraq war- hurricane relief bill being debated by the Senate this week and next....

Bush has insisted that the program falls within his authority. "The appropriate members of Congress have been and continue to be informed with respect to the Terrorist Surveillance Program," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. "The Administration remains confident that a majority of members of Congress continue to recognize the importance of protecting Americans through lawful intelligence activities directed at terrorists...."

Specter's announcement came a day after the House passed an bill 327- 96 to dramatically increase spending on intelligence programs. In the process, Republicans blocked an amendment to expand congressional oversight of the NSA's warrantless surveillance program.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., said allegations that NSA domestic wiretapping operations are abusive or unconstitutional are outrageous and that Congress is committed to vigorous oversight of the program...."

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