Thursday, May 25, 2006

If You Haven't Done Anything Wrong...

While clouds of suspicion circulate around the alleged bribery of Louisiana (Democratic) Congresscritter William Jefferson, a rare spirit of unanimity now marks the House's leadership on the propriety of the FBI's recent tossing of Jefferson's Congressional suite this week and their appropriation of Jefferson's Congressional documents: Dey's agin it...

What is interesting is that Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the House, is calling for Jefferson to step aside from his important committee positions, and Hastert has become one of the embattled Jefferson's more stalwart defenders.

Not, of course, that Hastert is defending Jefferson's alleged improprieties with $100,000 in cold cash in the freezer. But he is, apparently, really worried that the search of Jefferson's suite--the first of its kind, according to Beltway lore--sets an uncomfortable precedent.

Privacy? Whassup widdat?


Because Hastert, too, is apparently the target of investigation for corruption, in his case in connection with the Abramoff congressional bribery scandals.

And Rep. Jim ("Kotex") Sensenbrenner, another Congresscritter tarred with the Abramoff brush, is promising to hold hearings on the matter.

Aren't these the same folks who, when dismissing fears of NSA spying on domestic US electronic and voice communications, sorta cavalierly suggested that if you're not guilty of crimes, you have nothing to fear?



dogger feland said...

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

-a quote not by Caesar

sightunseen said...

You have managed yet again to tie together two seemingly disparate issues. thank you.