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House Limits Debate on Largest Intelligence Budget Ever

House Republicans foreclosed Democratic efforts to offer amendments on warrantless domestic surveillance and other controversial intelligence topics when the FY 2007 Intelligence Authorization Act was brought to the floor yesterday.

Instead, the House approved by a vote of 327-96 what Rep. Leonard Boswell (R-Iowa) described as “the largest intelligence budget in our history.”

Democratic amendments, such as a proposal that domestic surveillance be conducted consistent with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, were blocked in the Rules Committee so they could not be debated.

“We are not even going to be allowed to vote on an amendment that would deal with this central constitutional question,” complained Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).

“We are now in the process of instructing the people of Iraq about how to ruin parliamentary democracy,” he said. “If anybody from the Iraqi Parliament is watching our procedures, please do not try this at home.”

See the April 26 House floor debate here.

The House Rules Committee report which identifies the Democratic amendments that were ruled out of order is House Report 109-438.

3 thoughts on “House Limits Debate on Largest Intelligence Budget Ever

  1. I am afraid that your country is beyond doom, so much overthere is broken. It seems that almost everybody is corrupt and everything is falsified and hidden in the name of your governing cronies.(everyone from lowest civil servant to the president and through all parties)

    You can’t even trust data from science as everything is rigged to serve a political purpose. I wonder when the first accidents are going to happen because of all this false information, probably soon.

    I also wonder what will happen with actually paying back all the debt that your ruling class has caused with their petty wars, but I think I know the answer, your lower class will pay off that debt with slave labour in sweatshops where people can work for less than with McDonalds. Or better yet, the designed program called war on drugs or some other designed war is picking up more and more poor people and make them slave labour in profitable jail constructions run by your elite.

    If this werent enough there is also this radical religious intollerant “Everybody who is not with us must have a hard life or rather be dead” type of which hunt freakshow that will make the KKK blush.

    Your country is as sick as a patient with Bubonic Plague rapidly loosing contience and about to fall hard.

    The USA is not an empire with an emperor that has no cloths on but at least half of your total empire has no clothes on.

    Oh yes, I am a friend, I do not hate people from the USA (no need as they hate each other and the world enough as it is), but the power of your corporate and government their propaganda is very visible on the outside, and it’s looks very powerfull as on the inside all proper information is gone and all that is left for people from the USA to see is lies and propaganda.

    Sad, sad, sad… And nobody did anything to stop this, maybe you deserve a dictature for the coming time, if you think you don’t deserve it then ask yourself why you didn’t do anything to save your country?

    I say no more!

  2. In spite of the spookiness of the Digital Human project, the Federation of American Scientists website is very interesting. With regards to Domestic Surveillance, do the American people really believe they can trust the judgment of the present administration in the White House to conduct surveillance without oversight?? One only need turn on the television and find a million examples of George Bush’s slipshod reasoning concerning any subject at any time, from the war to the economy and beyond.

    Our worst fears will become true, domestic surveillance without judicial oversight is not about terrorists and terrorism, it is the political realists’ aim to assert their do whatever they want to do because they can, to support their position of power and dominance both on the domestic stage and abroad. Without judicial oversight, the administration walks the fine line of martial law – how many examples in history can be given of a dictator’s abuse power and the rights of the people all the while telling them it is for the better good. Our worst fears are that in attempting to export democracy to Iraq, they have imported dictatorial means and methods. Our worst fear is that domestic surveillance is not about terrorism and terrorists, but the case of a spoiled son who’s father helped get him into office so that he can go and play with all the fun satellites and toys. Really, I am quite tired of the near “na, na, na, na, na, na” attitude of the President when it comes to such matters, believing he can do whatever he wishes because he can.

    Congress had put the tools in place to prevent abuses, and the administration has overstepped them without a second thought. Can anyone in sound mind truly believe that George Bush has the sound judgment to use his presidential powers without abuse? And, in the end, the law prevents us from even knowing if our worst fears are true. At a difficult time for the United States, I sometimes wonder who we should really fear most. Maybe digital projects such as through the Federation of American Scientists are best left alone until there are the assurances that American political realism in the information age will not be used to manipulate the people and maximize their own power structures.

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