Bush heads to NSA, huddles with conservatives: The Swamp
 
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Posted September 19, 2007 9:57 AM
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by Mark Silva

With a day-trip to the secretive National Security Agency in Maryland, less than an hour up the road from the White House, President Bush and his senior team of advisers today hope to make the case for a permanent extension of the federal law on wiretapping of terrorism suspects.

Back at the White House, Bush plans to sit down this afternoon with several invited conservative columnists for a "roundtable'' conversation.

Congress approved an updating of the 1978-vintage Foreign Intelligence Security Act in hastily approved legislation before recess for Labor Day, but that compromise carried a six-month expiration.

“We believe the bill should be made permanent,’’ said Dana Perino, the White House press secretary. “Al Qaeda doesn’t work on a six-month extension. None of our enemies do.’’

Is that NSA facility where all the “warrant-less wiretapping’’ of foreign terrorism suspects communicating with people inside the United States is carried out? Perino was asked this morning. “Wow, that’s a loaded question,’’ she said. “I don’t know all that they do there.. But you can imagine that if they are implementing the FISA reforms, they have some measure of operational responsibility for that.’’

The White House has two demands for a permanent bill – one, that it be made permanent, and two, that telecommunication companies that helped the government on security after Sept. 11, 2001 be granted retroactive immunity for any legal liability in their cooperation with surveillance.

Bush will be accompanied by Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, Counsel Fred Fielding, Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend and others, and plans a statement there.

Bush also plans a roundtable with several conservative columnists, including Michael Barone, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Tony Blankley, Kate O'Bierne and others.

“We regularly meet with conservative columnists,’’ Perino said.

Bush, however, has no plans to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations next week.

Bush will address the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Ahmadinejad, sharply at odds with the administration over nuclear power development, involvement in the Iraq war and conflict with Israel, also has been given a visa to attend, though the White House says it played no role – the State Department handled it.

"There are not plans for the president to meet with him,'' Perino said.

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"Bush also plans a roundtable with several conservative columnists, including Michael Barone, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Tony Blankley, Kate O'Bierne and others."

All of them are unapologetic shills for the Iraq war, and all of them are drooling for the possibility that Bush will attack Iran before he leaves office.

All of them should be sent to Iraq for 12 months to live in the fantasy world of a real war that they write about every day.


"We regularly meet with conservative columnists".

Translation: Here are your talking points people - get out there and mislead the public.

Imagine when President Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or John Edwards announces that (s)he will regularly meet with Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartman, Jeaneane Garofalo, Sam Sede and Rachel Maddow. I can't wait to hear the cries and whines from Paolo, JD, Johnny D, Brucey and Jerry White about how the President "only meets with the liberal media". Turnabout will be fair play, boys.


Theoretically this was all done because we are in a state of war.

If that's the case, why is there a need for a PERMANENT change? At best, this should all be temporary.


Theoretically this was all done because we are in a state of war.

If that's the case, why is there a need for a PERMANENT change? At best, this should all be temporary.


"Bush also plans a roundtable with several conservative columnists, including Michael Barone, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Tony Blankley, Kate O'Bierne and others."

I wonder if Bruce is outraged by this, as he's constantly insisting the Swmap and "Libune" are liberal-biased and do not give the conservative Republican perspective a fair shake(even though the Trib editorial board has endorsed Bush twice and typically endorses GOP candidates). Sure they are opinion columnists not beat reporters, but surely those opinions should find a basis in facts, and this type of cozy relationship does not bode well for unfiltered fact-based commentary. A roundtable is a forum for a strategic exchange of ideas, not interviewing him as journalists.

Or, you could just look at it as Bush meeting with some of the few people left you take him seriously. And wow, what a fiesta!


"OH PLEASE MRS. WASHINGTON DON'T TAKE AWAY MY PL110-55 BLANKET, NO-NO, NO!"

SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH we are listening to Jessie talk to Obama about OJ.SHH

Well america, we listened, we've heard from you and heard from Congress behind closed quiet doors and I AM THE DECIDER, I AM THE COMMANDER GUY. I KNOW I BROKE THE LAW, BUT THAT WAS IN 2004, THIS IS 2007. FISA LAWS ARE SUSPENDED FOR SIX MONTHS.

NO CONVICTIONS, but A LOT OF PREDICTIONS. Prophet George hears the voices, and we are not going to let HARRIER MEIRS, KARL ROVE, FRED FIELDING, DICK CHENEY, CONDOLEZA RICE go to prison because of my little White Lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

I DID IT FOR MY DADDY, AND ALL YA'LL is going to have to just understand that.

6/27 7/28 8/27 and now 9/....and still Attorney General to just say Okay, George, I will say it wasn't against the law.

"THE WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF" George Bush and his Government and Administration summed up in a nutshell.


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