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Feinstein: Blowjob worse than violating rights of millions: 1999, censure for Clinton. 2007, retroactive immunity for telcos

Fresh from subjecting the body politic to cruel and unusual punishment by inflicting pro-torture Judge Mukasey on us at Justice, DiFi wrestles the Constitution to the ground and gratuitously kicks the carcass by attempting to destroy the rule of law entirely.

Yes--and I know this will surprise you--DiFi's supporting retroactive immunity for the telcos.

With Democrats like this, who needs Republicans?

San Francisco Chronicle:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday that she favors legal immunity for telecommunications companies that allegedly shared millions of customers' telephone and e-mail messages and records with the government, a position that could lead to the dismissal of numerous lawsuits pending in San Francisco.

How much did the telcos leave on the dresser, DiFi?

In a statement at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering legislation to extend the Bush administration's electronic surveillance program, Feinstein said the companies should not be "held hostage to costly litigation in what is essentially a complaint about administration activities."

Which is a lie, pure and simple. Of course, DiFi's channeling Fred Hiatt with the "costly litigation" meme, so that goes without saying. The telcos, under FISA, have an independent duty to obey the law, regardless of what Bush might or might not assert (and we still don't know the basis for his claims.) And while we're talking about "costly litigation," how about the $0 million the Republicans gave Ken Starr?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if our Diane showed the same maternal solicitude for the millions of American citizens whose rights were destroyed?

And of course, DiFi would be the swing vote on the SJC:

Feinstein, D-Calif., plays a pivotal role on the Judiciary Committee, which has a 10-9 Democratic majority. If she joins committee Republicans [and Upchuck?] in voting next Thursday to protect telecommunications companies from lawsuits for their roles in the surveillance program, the proposal - a top priority of President Bush - will become part of legislation that reaches the Senate floor

It's a top priority for Bush, no doubt, because once the Democrats help him take away a citizen's right to sue the telcos, he can bottle up any suits against the government by asserting a "state secrets" privilege.

Er, do I have to explain again why granting big corporations immunity for past lawbreaking, just because they say the President gave them the thumbs up, in secret, would be a really bad idea?

Now, back in 1999, DiFi introduced a resolution to censure President Clinton:

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee in the White House, which was shameful, reckless and indefensible;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, deliberately misled and deceived the American people, and people in all branches of the United States government;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, gave false or misleading testimony and his actions have had the effect of impeding discovery of evidence in judicial
proceedings;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton's conduct in this matter is unacceptable for a president of the United States, does demean the office of the president as well as the president himself, and creates disrespect for laws of the land;

Whereas President Clinton fully deserves censure for engaging in such behavior;

Whereas future generations of Americans must know that such behavior is not only unacceptable but also bears grave consequences, including loss of integrity, trust and respect;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton remains subject to criminal actions in a court of law like any other citizen;

When Clinton gets a blowjob, Diane gets very concerned about the rule of law. But when billion dollar telcos break the law, destroy the rights of millions of Americans, and then demand retroactive immunity? Not so much.

Oh, and the cream of the jest is that DiFi introduced this resolution after Clinton had already been acquitted. Honestly.

Our DiFi: What a silly bunt.

NOTE DiFi Iconoclast at Big Orange. Censure via Busy, busy, busy.

UPDATE Maybe DiFi's getting a cut? Via the incomparably clad Avedon.

UPDATE It's borne in upon me that some trollish wingers--sorry for the redundancy--are asking teh very Serious question: "But what about the perjury"?

Gawd knows I don't want to relitigate the 90s, or how the extremely legitimate Bush regime was finally able to seize power--I guess I'd assumed that the wingers were finally, in their hearts, if any, just a little ashamed of the lack of civility they exhibited during their vendetta--but here's why I don't give a flying fuck about the putative perjury by The Clenis :

0. Clinton was acquitted in the Senate. You guys lost.

1. Stipulate it's all true. Which is more important? Perjury about a blowjob, or violating the rights of millions?

2. Presumably the wingers who support giving retroactive immunity to the telcos for their illegal acts, will also support giving retroactive immunity to Clinton for his putative perjury? IIRC, Clinton lost his law license over it, so the wingers could make at least care enough to fake it by making a gesture toward intellectual integrity and supporting the idea of wiping his record clean. Fair's fair.

I could go into detail on the Clinton years... But then I'd be succumbing to trollish distraction.

Shouldn't the focus be on restoring Constitutional government? Why on earth would they try to distract us from that? Oh, wait....

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Woody--Tokin Librul's picture
Submitted by Woody--Tokin Librul on

"The telcos, under FISA, have an independent duty to obey the law, regardless of what Bush might or might not assert (and we still don’t know the basis for his claims.)"

it's one of those pesky 'contesting claims' cases: Independent duty -vs- Fiduciary responsibility
Independent duty -vs- Go to jail (they convicted the only guy who baulked.)
which is why they need retroactive immunity.
makes sense to me...

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Submitted by MJS on

As a resident of California I am puzzled as to whose rights she is concerned about. Seems like she's operating with impunity as well.

++++

Submitted by edge (not verified) on

this bitch needs to be unemployed next election

Submitted by JD (not verified) on

Dianne Feinstein is a traitor, period!

Submitted by anonymous hero (not verified) on

I have never seen nor am I aware of -any- supposedly democratic government that so methodically, stubbornly, relentlessly defies the will of the people, the law of the land and acts so ruthlessly against common sense and basic decency as the US post-2000.

The inmates are running the asylum, no description was ever more appropriate.

Elections don't work, pleading doesn't work, protesting doesn't work. I'm beginning to think that a revolution is the only thing that is going to put a stop to it.

Does anyone remember what happened in Rumania? Maybe that's the only thing left at this point.

No amnesty for telcos!

LOL! I saw this title over on Memeorandum and ALMOST spit a mouth full of Coffee onto my laptop's screen!

You're so bad...

*laughing*

Submitted by bush is not America (not verified) on

...that we've been betrayed. Nothing more to say about it. The leadership we busted our ass to return to power has decided that we will certainly not be voting repukelican, so we can go fuck ourselves. We've been screwed and we have practically no one besides Kucinich to speak for us, no one committed to returning our country to reasonableness and rationality. This truly is the downfall. Everyone alive now is going to see a cloud of chickens so vast it blots out the sun coming home to roost. We're on our own. How to live in these dark times and make it through? Who the fuck knows, but good luck. Sorry to be so dark.

Submitted by Kevin Schmidt O... (not verified) on

Thanks to Cindy Sheehan, who is running as an Independent against Nancy Pelosi (DINO), there will be true Democrats challenging DINOs like Pelosi, Feinstein, Reid, and Schumer in their next primaries and general elections.

We don't need Republican enablers in Congress and we certainly don't need DINOs either.

What we do need is brave, loyal Americans like Cindy Sheehan and Dennis Kucinich, who is the only presidential candidate to actively seek impeachment. We need them to run our country for the benefit of the majority of WE THE PEOPLE, instead of for the minority of the corporatocracy.

Submitted by anonymous coward (not verified) on

How is it the the Republicans ran a successful "hit job" on Gray Davis, got a recall bill passed, and threw him out of the Governors mansion...but, pissed of Californians can't get Pelosi or Fienstien "recalled", I thought California was a "democratic" strong hold..? Is it because these two dimly lit bulbs, "neo-crats" are U.S. Senators and Congress critters? I hope California has the sense to run true progressive Democratics against them and bounce them out come elections in 2008

Submitted by nickrhoward (not verified) on

The reason why Feinstein has betrayed her supporters is clear. She just got reelected for 6 years and doesn't plan to run again. She has no reason to pretend to be one of us any longer...

Submitted by anonymous coward (not verified) on

Michael Mukasey confirmed as Attorney General 11/10/07

In an attempt to solidify critical support among torture and unitary executive voters in the upcoming election the Democratic Senate in a late night 53-to-40 vote on Thursday confirmed Michael Mukasey as Attorney General. Snatching defeat from what was believed to be an assured legislative victory Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed an up or down vote on the nomination despite the virtual impossibility of Republicans obtaining 60 votes for closure on the debate regarding the nomination. Reid said that in return the Republican leadership had allowed a vote on a $450 billion military spending bill, most of which will be spent on the Iraq war, not containing specific additional Iraq war funding requested by President Bush. Reid stated that this would allow Democrats to further debate Iraq war funding prior to capitulating to the White House.

The confirmation of Mukasey was called into question when he refused to state that water boarding was torture during his confirmation hearing. Mukasey stated that he had not been briefed on what particular methods of First Degree Assault had been authorised by the Bush Administration in questioning defenseless human beings. He went on to say that in the event the Administration was conducting interrogations reminiscent of a Monty Python Spanish Inquisition sketch the practice might not be unconstitutional. Mukasey added that the President had declared war on a noun and whatever treaties or laws broken by actions in furtherance of that conspiracy were in conflict with powers granted to the President by the Crazy Evil Villain clause of the Constitution and could be disregarded.

Reid in a brilliant political move that fooled absolutely everyone timed the vote so that 5 of the 7 Senators not present were Presidential candidates. When asked for comment Hillary, the only Presidential candidate ever referred to solely by their first name by the mainstream press, stated that she always tipped 75% in fast food restaurants. When John McCain was asked how he reconciled his opposition to torture with his support for Mukasey the Presidential candidate’s head exploded.

Submitted by grannyinsanity (not verified) on

I have put on a *few* extra pounds that DiFi's wretched behavior is guaranteed to reverse. Too bad she's not here to retch my cookies on.

Anybody know where I can get a voodoo issue difi stick pin doll?

Submitted by Fr. Jonathan (not verified) on

As a Bay Area resident and former SF resident, my disillusionment with Sen. Feinstein has grown to the point where I will NEVER again vote for her no matter what.

Submitted by lambert on

I guess she's taking care of her retirement situation?

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Submitted by angelina MaldeTesta (not verified) on

"SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein."
http://www.metroactive.com/metro/03.21.0...

She got caught with her fingers in the cookie jar ('bout the time she and hubby bought the $18 million SF mansion...). But there was hardly a word about it in the media - no ethics investigations or charges. She was just allowed to resign with no public penalty nor publicity. But that protection must have cost her - her votes were bought and paid for: the price for getting off the hook (and getting to keep all that moolah!!!)
Gee, Di - say it ain't so...

Submitted by oldgringo (not verified) on

Both of these "prize specimens" are part and parcel of the the BUSH/AIRPAC junta and are cut from the same bolt as Joe Lieberman, Zell Miller and the rest....
"What's in the name "DEMOCRAT" THESE DAYS?
Answer+ "A whole lotta stuff, but more flippin' OATH BREAKING AND TREASON than "HONESTY" and/or "ETHICS": just check out Rahm, Hoyer, and Pelosi, if ya wanna couple of "kickers"-----

Submitted by anonymous coward (not verified) on

Perhaps DiFi and the rest of the Dems are frightened by the thought of more anthrax letters- or worse.

Submitted by dickmusser (not verified) on

Corporations are subject to law the same as citizens.
If someone kills difi's dog, does she vote for them a pass?

Submitted by oldmaninhisunderwear (not verified) on

Just another corporate pig feeding on us, the farmers who fell into the trough...our screams and thrashing are for naught, causing her to devour our flesh with increased frenzy.

Submitted by Joseph S. Spiezio (not verified) on

MY LETTER TO SWINESTEIN:

Dear Senator Feinstein,
I'm stunned to hear of your vote in favor of Mukasey! If Mukasey is confirmed, he will never do anything to hold the Bush Administration accountable for their many crimes!
Are you in favor of that? They nominated Mukasey in hopes that he would be their get out of jail free card! Well, that is not acceptable to me!

I have always voted for you in the past, but no more! You have sold out completely to special interests, your husband's interests being one of them! I will do everything in my power to make sure that if you run again for office, you will be defeated!

Why not just change parties, since you always vote with the Bush Administration, on any issue of importance! At least by changing parties, you wouldn't be a hypocrite!

I'm going to contact everyone I know to expose you as the Republican, in Democrat clothing that you are! You are a disgrace, and disappointment to your constitutants! THEY, put you in office to represent THEM, in their fight against a criminal administration!

By voting in favor of Mukasey, You are in violating the oath you took to protect and uphold the Constitution, and the rule of law! And now your apparent willingness to allow immunity for the telcoms further violates your oath of office! Do the right thing! Resign from the Senate right now, before you compromise your integrity even more!

YOU ARE A CRIMINAL! I HOPE YOU ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

Submitted by Spike Heels (not verified) on

The only way we will ever get our country back is to immediately start sending every single member of Congress and the Senate into retirement. The DiFi and her Republican cohorts are all corrupt and the Democrats have no spine and keep giving us more of the same that we got from their twin party...the Republicans.

Everyone thinks that Congress is horrible but most people seem to think that their representatives are just fine. We need to send a clear message to DC that WE REALLY DO WANT CHANGE. The only way to do that is fire the whole bunch next November.

I know many people in San Francisco feel the same and all plan to dump neo-con Nancy and vote for Cindy Sheehan.

Submitted by Frank (not verified) on

Feinstein personifys the patina stench of AIPAC blanketing many politicians in this country.

Submitted by anonymous coward (not verified) on

Homo n Chief Bush has had more than 100 overnight White House "visits" from a DC male escort-yes the same favorite fellow each time. All in a one year period.
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Submitted by Don Robertson on

Retroactive immunity for telcos seems to be a fairly clear case of an ex poste facto law of the sort even more clearly proscribed by the United States Constitution.

As such it seems, the Cult of Constitutionalism is evidently over here and now in 2007.

Our purportedly elected leaders and out judges who openly purchase their appointments for life seem to be in pretty clear agreement on this matter.

Long live the Dictatorship of the Marketplace!

And don't linger, or neglect to get ready to pay for even the air we breathe. (The government will be claiming it as their own soon enough.)

Don Robertson, The American Philosopher

Submitted by anonymous and d... (not verified) on

vote for Ron Paul but protect him too!!

Submitted by Eternal Vigilance (not verified) on

than violating the rights of millions.

Hey, even patriots have to draw the line somewhere.


(I'd make some comparison between DiDiDiFi and diseased female genitalia, but that would be insulting to diseased female genitalia.)