Friday, July 15, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

During the July 14 Senate session, an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill was offered to "deny access to classified information to any federal employee who discloses a covert CIA agent's identity." This seemingly noncontroversial measure was shot down in a 53-44 vote, simply because Karl Rove would quite possibly have been the first official to be subject to the penalty.

Then, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) offered an amendment that would have revoked the national security clearance of any administration official or officeholder who "makes a statement [which is subsequently] used as propaganda by terrorist organizations." Thus, terrorists could determine whose security credentials they would like to be revoked by merely releasing a statement against that politician. This blatantly partisan bill was an attempt to attack Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and others over their comments relating to abuses at Guantanamo Bay, but the bill ultimately reflected Frist's abuse of power. Frist's amendment failed on a 64-33 vote.

-- Center for American Progress, July 15

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Offering an amendment is an abuse of power ? Give me a break. The Democrats idea was non-partisan, while the Republican amendments were clearly a politcal shot at another Senator? The hypocrisy of the folks on the left knows no bounds.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Erick Haswell said...

hehe =)

9:55 AM  

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