Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

February 15, 2008

Keith Olbermann FISA Special Comment for 2/14/08

Filed under: politics — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 2:25 pm

Keith Olbermann had a special comment on efforts to revise FISA and President Bush’s role.  Some portions are repeated from a previous comment.  I don’t want to get too hung-up on the word fascism.  Fascism, in American politics, has become a caricature and a pejorative term.  A term thrown out at political enemies at seemingly trivial disagreements.

However, it is increasingly difficult to describe what is happening in American politics without invoking the illustrative and disastrous example from the past.  When a Supreme Court Justice defends the use of torture as an interrogation tactic, what is the substantive difference?  How can due process exist if the judicial system will torture you until you confess?  What good is the protection against self-incrimination before trial if the state can torture you beforehand and use it against you?

Telecom immunity, torture, contempt of oversight, these are all symptoms of a common theme: the glorious leader can do no wrong.  However, if the last seven years has taught us anything is that the leader is wrong, about a great many things, quite often.  What do we call it then when these leaders and their enablers blatantly and knowingly violate the law?  They may insist they did it for a good reason and act demonstrably hurt when we have the nerve to question their integrity.  However, we are not going to get anywhere by capitulating and looking for a fundamental change of heart.  There are two things we need to do.  One, call a spade a spade.  Two, stop being afraid every time George W. Bush says “boo!”  Keith Olbermann displayed both of these qualities in his special comment tonight.  It is time that more of the people in positions of power, especially in the opposition party, consistently showed the same qualities.

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  1. […] Should Spitzer resign?  I don’t know.  I don’t really care.  He isn’t the governor of the state that I live in, so my opinion doesn’t count for much anyway.  However, this prosecution should give us some pause on how federal surveillance is actually being used.  It should also be obvious that the purpose of unchecked spying powers isn’t to legitimately track down terrorists.  It is to discover personally embarrassing crimes like this.  Such a wide dragnet is patently illegal, and precisely why the telecoms need immunity. […]

    Pingback by Spitzer Prosecution: Evidence for a Surveillance State? « Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind — March 11, 2008 @ 8:08 am


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