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Hypocrisy--again.  Surprise-no.

Is anyone surprised that the Republicans voted against a bill that would have prevented the AP incident?  Is anyone surprised that Issa voted against it?

Issa didn’t mention that he voted against a measure that would have protected the AP from the DOJ’s subpoena in 2007. Issa was one of 21 House members who opposed the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, a measure that would have forbidden federal investigators from compelling journalists to give evidence without first obtaining a court order. The bill included a section that specifically forbid subpoenaing journalists’ phone records from “communication service providers” to the same extent that the law protected the journalists themselves.

... It was defeated, however, by a Republican filibuster in the Senate the following year.

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  •  By that rationale (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats are responsible for the Iraq War because they didn't vote against Bush.....

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:08:46 AM PDT

    •  That's not a good analogy at all. A better (3+ / 0-)
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      CwV, MKSinSA, unfangus

      analogy would be to say that it's hypocritical to complain about the Iraq war when you were a vocal supporter of it earlier.

    •  Don't see it that way (1+ / 0-)
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      Fe Bongolan

      There is a scandal here - the scandal is how much power the Congress has handed over to the Executive Branch, law enforcement and the military.

      There was a bill that would have rolled back this power - one put forth by Democrats and voted FOR by Democrats, and stopped by a GOP filibuster.

      That matters. And it should matter particularly to the people here who are screaming that this President is some evil civil rights assailant.

      A President is tasked with keeping Americans safe.
      A President is given powers to complete his task.
      A President, any President, every President, will use those powers to the fullest extent and will even push the limits to let the courts draw the hard lines.

      This is a scandal in the same way the War Powers Act is a scandal.

      •  Bingo (0+ / 0-)

        I was wondering when the other shoe would drop on the War Powers Act once a Democratic President was elected after Bush.

        This is a not an 11th dimensional chess statement, but sometimes you need to test the laws you create. I don't think Obama thinks he's above the law. The laws have been made extraordinary over our recent history.

        Maybe by the time Obama leaves office, he will have advanced the overturn of the War Powers Act so that you won't have Unitary Executive powers with a Cheney-in-waiting behind the curtains.

        Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. -- Dr. Seuss

        by Fe Bongolan on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:44:35 AM PDT

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  •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

    Obama effectively killed the bill.

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