Thursday, January 26, 2006

Did the Devil Make Them Do It?

Prissy says, "Turn up the furnace in hell, when the Good Lord calls these "followers" home, the devil will be extra busy...

Clearly, they have intended to disband the Constitution and thus the American way of life. Not too bright, these boys...

People in this country are always entitled to their own opinion, but not their own set of facts.

The nonsense spin the White House is putting on this does not change the facts.

Sure laws were broken, but what disturbs Prissy the most is that it was the spirit of the law they attempted to trash. How could they?

They broke the honor code of what freedom in America was meant to be for you and me...

Hot Links

Is that the best argument you can deliver, Counselor Clinton? Speaking of far-fetched, why do you continue to support Dubya's misuse of our troops? Rift Between Parties Over NSA Wiretapping Grows January 26, 2006 By Jim VandeHei

"Their argument that it's rooted in the authority to go after al Qaeda is far-fetched," Clinton said. "Their argument that it's rooted in the Constitution inherently is kind of strange because we have FISA, and FISA operated very effectively and it wasn't that hard to get their permission."

So much for protecting those who expose wrongdoing by government officials...NY North County Gazette- By Paul K. McMasters January 13, 2006 Inside the First Amendment -Blowing The Whistle Can Also Blow A Career

Consider, for instance, the travails of Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who was fired after she went public with claims of security violations, mismanagement and possible spying within the FBI department translating documents vital to the war on terror.

Another whistleblower, Bunny Greenhouse, was demoted from the top procurement post at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after she challenged the process by which a subsidiary of Halliburton won multibillion dollar contracts just before the war in Iraq.

Similar troubles were in store for the Army general who disputed his superiors' troop-strength projections for the Iraq war, the Medicare expert who tried to tell Congress about the real costs of new drug subsidies, and the government climate specialist who was disciplined for pointing out that political appointees were manipulating global-warming data.

Little wonder that whistleblowers more often go the press, which has a better record of protecting them than boards, special counsels, the courts, members of Congress - or their bosses.

But even going to the press is not all that safe. The Justice Department has just launched a criminal investigation to track down anyone who leaked information to The New York Times about the National Security Agency's super-secret monitoring of telephone calls and e-mails from within the United States.

More about Whistleblowers, whom we all owe a debt of gratitude...Think Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon papers. Prissy may see him at Camp Casey this Easter. Daniel Ellsberg at Camp Casey, Crawford, Texas. (11/05)

From CBS News NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers By Sherrie Gossett January 25, 2006 (The following is the first of a two-part series on the National Security Agency's alleged abuse of employee whistleblowers. Part 2 will be published Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006)

Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them "delusional," "paranoid" or "psychotic."

The intimidation tactics are allegedly used to protect powerful superiors who might be incriminated by damaging information, the whistleblowers say. They also point to a climate of fear that now pervades the agency. Critics warn that because some employees blew the whistle on alleged foreign espionage and criminal activity, the "psychiatric abuse" and subsequent firings are undermining national security.

A spokesman for the NSA declined to comment about the allegations contained in this report.

Wow, that is scary...especially when you consider we may have leaders that could be described in such terms themselves. This is an excellent article, Prissy encourages you to read the whole thing, this being the first of a two part series.

From Al-Jazeera. Maybe this new Israeli Prime Minister will be of the mind to recognize that Palestinians are human beings who should be treated as such, and will facilitate lasting peace...Intelligent people everywhere know that terrorists are no more than common criminals, regardless of their ethnicity...1/24/2006 "Israel must withdraw further" - Olmert

In his first policy speech, interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated on Tuesday that Israel will have to withdraw from further parts of the West Bank.

"In order to ensure the existence of a Jewish national home, we will not be able to continue ruling over the territories in which the majority of the Palestinian population lives," he said on Tuesday during a conference at Herzliya.

Quotes of the Day

It is statements such as these, that coined the phrase, "right-wing nut-job"...

"And yet we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what's at stake. They're willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I'm asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country?" --Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Tom DeLay is who all of us want to be when we grow up." --Indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, on indicted Congressman Tom DeLay, at the 2002 College Republicans Conference

It is evident Dubya's parents did not ask... "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" --George W Bush, Jr.

"Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. He could name up to 20 congressmen. When President Bush heard this, he said 'That's amazing. I can only name three congressmen.'" --Conan O'Brien

Has it always been a Republican thing? "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --Dan Quayle

The Prissy Patriot will return this weekend-unless more indictments come down tomorrow...Betty and I are working on the February podcast. It will be a mix. We will conduct interviews with politicians and entertain you with humor, including "Prissy the Prophetess". (Think Johnny Carson's "Carnac" Character) Stay tuned for more details!

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