Bush, Myth, Fact

17Feb08

The Carpetbagger lambasts the hilarious FISA talking points from the White House.

“MYTH: The future security of our country does not depend on whether Congress provides liability protection for companies being sued for billions of dollars only because they are believed to have assisted the Government in defending America after the 9/11 attacks.

FACT: Without the retroactive liability protection provided in the bipartisan Senate bill, we may not be able to secure the private sector’s cooperation with current and future intelligence efforts critical to our national security.

Um, guys? In this case, the “fact” does not disprove the “myth.” In fact, it’s a non sequitur. The White House presented a “myth,” apparently in the hopes of disproving it, and then didn’t point to any evidence that actually undermined the veracity of the original claim, which, inconveniently, happens to be accurate.

McJoan replies in kind:

MYTH: The future security of our country does not depend on whether Congress provides liability protection for companies being sued for billions of dollars only because they are believed to have assisted the Government in defending America after the 9/11 attacks.

FACT: Without the retroactive liability protection provided in the bipartisan Senate bill, we may not be able to secure the private sector’s cooperation with current and future intelligence efforts critical to our national security.

“I know the whole “law” thing has bypassed the administration for so long that they probably don’t really even remember it’s there, but anyway, there are actually things called “court orders” that can compel entities, even private ones, to do things that the government needs them to do. And there’s this great bonus for the companies built in that we can call “liability protection.” See, if they do it “legally,” with a “court order,” they’re protected from suits. Wow, what a system!”

I can’t decide if the Democrats are so incompetent that they can’t point out this crucial distinction, the American people now tolerate this kind of debate, or if the media is so caught up in this dramatic horse race that they can’t cover the black-and-white truth of the matter.

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2 Responses to “Bush, Myth, Fact”

  1. 1 rideronthet

    I love your blog. I think LegEditMate is a great idea, and interestingly enough, I was thinking this morning of the possibility of creating exactly that sort of thing. I think you need a better name for it, however. Call it FreePolitics, TrueDemocracy, or something of that nature. Check me out at: http://fearistyranny.wordpress.com

  2. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Submolecular


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