Wednesday, March 08, 2006

American Politics 101

On the question whether George Bush illegally spied on American citizens: It looks like we are not going to find out the answer, because there will be no real inquiry into the matter:

Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed to expand oversight of President George W. Bush's domestic spying program but rejected Democratic pressure for a broad inquiry into eavesdropping on U.S. citizens.

Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Republican chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the committee voted to create a new seven-member subcommittee that would scrutinize the eavesdropping under a plan approved by the White House.

"Under a plan approved by the White House"? I'm laughing so hard that my tummy hurts. That is like having the defendant in a criminal case supervise and oversee the whole thing. Well, it isn't really funny. Just what a one-party government looks like. Such a government can do whatever it damn pleases.