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Just hours after BushCo officials McConnell and Mukasey told the world that our lives, heck, our very mortal souls, were in danger from the expiration of the so-called Protect America Act, they recanted. According to Reuters

The Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement saying wiretaps will resume under the current law "at least for now."

"Although our private partners are cooperating for the time being, they have expressed understandable misgivings about doing so in light of the ongoing uncertainty and have indicated they may well discontinue cooperation if the uncertainty persists," the statement said.

Will bozo time never end. "Be afraid, very afraid." No wait, don't be afraid quite yet." "But of course, be prepared to be afraid." They can't even get their lies straight.

Anyone with a passing familiarity with the issues knows this is all horsepuckey. The FISA law permits intercepts with a rubber stamp warrant from the FISA Court, or without a warrant for thirty-six hours until a warrant can be obtained. The PAA says that all existing wiretaps can continue for one-year without renewal. All existing wiretaps can be expanded to include any additional subjects that are part of the same group. And the telecoms have immunity from liability for  any new "taps" if there is a warrant authorizing the activity.

Maybe my fear meter is on the fritz, but what in the name of Constitution are these bozos talking about. And who is buying their fearmongering.

Originally posted to September 17, 1787 on Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 03:26 PM PST.

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