Friday, July 15, 2005

Oh, and if you THINK bad thoughts as well...

Bill Frist shouldn't be in charge of the pill dispensary in the insane asylum where he belongs, much less the U.S. Senate. Read this: (from Brendan Nyhan)

Frist offered his aimed at Reid and Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin (Ill.). Frist's amendment would have denied clearance to any senator who refers to a classified FBI report on the floor, a shot at Reid's May 12 reference to a report on a Bush judicial nominee. It also would have stripped access to classified information to an officeholder making a statement that is "based on an FBI agent's comments which is used as propaganda by terrorist organizations." That was aimed at Durbin's comments last month comparing the treatment of detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to techniques used by the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge.

Talking Points Memo has the ACTUAL text (linked to in the previous link as well):

"Any federal officeholder who makes reference to a classified Federal Bureau of Investigation report on the floor of the United States Senate, or any federal officeholder that makes a statement based on a FBI agent's comments which is used as propaganda by terrorist organizations thereby putting our servicemen and women at risk, shall not be permitted access to such information or to hold a security clearance for access to such information."

Here's the simple version: Say something bad about the US. Someone who the fruitcakes in power feel is a terrorist - which I note given the current climate could easily be stretched to include anyone who doesn't march in mental lockstep with said fruitcakes - repeats what you said. You get punished.

This just in - Freedom of Speech fading quickly, Republicans unlikely to order a feeding tube inserted.

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