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Harry Reid introduced an amendment to the Homeland Security Bill that would "prevent anyone who discloses the identity of a covert CIA operative from having a security clearance."

The Republicans have countered with the Frist Amendment. This is totally fucking psycho.

Any federal officeholder who makes reference to a classified Federal Bureau of Investigation report on the floor of the United States Senate, or any federal officeholder that makes a statement based on a FBI agent's comments which is used as propaganda by terrorist organizations thereby putting our servicemen and women at risk, shall not be permitted access to such information or to hold a security clearance for access to such information.

I.e., it's ILLEGAL to talk about:

  • Abu Ghraib
  • Iraqi dissatisfaction w/ our occupation
  • Iraqi civilian casualties

Originally posted to scottesposito on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 10:20 AM PDT.

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  •  this was voted down (none)
    yesterday by 64 to 33. The Reid amendment also went down by, uh, 53 to 44 (I think).
    •  Who were the idiots (none)
      Who actually voted for this!?

      What part of "Congress shall make no law ...abridging the freedom of speech"  don't they understand?!

      It's the first friggin ammendment.   THE FIRST ONE!

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

      by 5oclockshadow on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 05:22:49 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Apparently... (none)
      33 Senators support torture.
      •  The 33 idiots (none)
        This is available here.

        YEAs ---33
        Alexander (R-TN)
        Allard (R-CO)
        Bennett (R-UT)
        Bond (R-MO)
        Bunning (R-KY)
        Burns (R-MT)
        Burr (R-NC)
        Coburn (R-OK)
        Cochran (R-MS)
        Coleman (R-MN)
        Cornyn (R-TX)
        Craig (R-ID)
        Crapo (R-ID)
        Dole (R-NC)
        Domenici (R-NM)
        Ensign (R-NV)
        Enzi (R-WY)
        Frist (R-TN)
        Grassley (R-IA)
        Gregg (R-NH)
        Hatch (R-UT)
        Hutchison (R-TX)
        Inhofe (R-OK)
        Isakson (R-GA)
        Kyl (R-AZ)
        Martinez (R-FL)
        McConnell (R-KY)
        Santorum (R-PA)
        Shelby (R-AL)
        Smith (R-OR)
        Specter (R-PA)
        Stevens (R-AK)
        Vitter (R-LA)

        Ein Land ist nicht nur das, was es tut -- es ist auch das, was es vertrÃĪgt, was es duldet.

        by MoDem on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 05:31:57 AM PDT

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      •  no 54 Republicans suport treachery (none)
        on the Reid bill it was all party line. On the Frist bill, once 7 Republicans had voted no and it was known it was going to fail, lots more joined in with No on the Frist bill.

        Detail on this diary from yesterday...

  •  This is Typical of Frist (none)
    The guy is a complete tool, and our country will be better off when he retires. The thought of this asshole ever becoming president makes me shudder.
  •  This would be good--it's shut the RNC UP (none)
    They could no longer couch every other word in Al-Qaida and terrorists and Homeland Security. . . .

    They'd suffer more than we would.  

    I don't even see how this would be enforceable.  It's bluff

    Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

    by Einsteinia on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 05:28:52 AM PDT

    In authoring and proposing this amendment, Senator Frist has violated his oath of office. Instead of upholding the Constitution as he has sworn to do, he has attempted a direct assault upon its text and its spirit.

    Had I the money to purchase a domain dedicated to this effort, I would do so and start a petition to have him removed from office. If anyone else would like to do so, I will gladly support the cause in ANY way... expect Gannoning my own body.

    Joe Lieberman and Lincoln Chafee are ON NOTICE - John Orman and Sheldon Whitehouse for Senate 2006!

    by Scoopster on Fri Jul 15, 2005 at 05:54:31 AM PDT

  •  It's actually worse than you think. (none)
    1. The supposedly classified FBI documents that Senator Durbin read from have been available on the ACLU website since December 15, 2004, after a federal judge ordered them released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    As for statements or information that can be used in terrorist propaganda--not there is any proof whatsoever that Durbin's was--I guess we have to revoke President Bush's security clearance, since Bin Laden has referred to them in his propaganda.

    2. In addition to the First Amendment, this has a whole separate way of violating the Constitution. Article 1, Section 6:

    "The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, beprivileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place."

  •  Isn't it amazing (none)
    that someone could seriously say, let's give terrorists authority over who gets a security clearance in this country?

    Look, I think we all get that the whole episode is a political stunt through and through, but just in political terms, how could anyone think they were scoring a political point by making a proposal like that?

    Frist for President 2008!!!  /hysterical laughter

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