Tuesday, September 05, 2006

President Clinton had it right and the Republicans had it wrong. See here!

Well it turns out that REPUBLICANS stopped President Clinton from getting increased authority to Wire Tap back in 1996. "We need to keep this country together right now. We need to focus on this terrorism issue," Clinton said during a White House news conference. Read the article by Americablog today and get thee details. If you want to read the CNN press coverage back on July 30th, 1996 on the specifics read that here but make no mistake about it, the Republicans didn't want any increase in wire tapping to track terrorist activities and Senator Orin Hatch is quoted as saying it wouldn't pass the Republican controlled Congress.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, emerged from the meeting in July, 1996 and said, "These are very controversial provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."

Hatch called Clinton's proposed study of taggants -- chemical markers in explosives that could help track terrorists -- "a phony issue."

"If they want to, they can study the thing" already, Hatch asserted. He also said he had some problems with the president's proposals to expand wiretapping.

These comments all made prior to 9/11 by Republicans. Come to think of it Republicans have controlled the Congress even while Bill Clinton was President. Can you imagine what might have been accomplished to prevent 9/11 if Democrats had controlled Congress during the later Clinton years. For one thing we would not have had impeachment proceedings. What a waste of time and money it was and a distraction off the target of terrorism, when that is what we should have been paying attention to, instead of impeachment.

So who is really tough on terrorists, Republicans who did what they could AFTER 9/11 attacks or President Clinton who tried to prevent 9?11 from ever happening. President Bush's talk is cheap and his actions on behalf of our great country are appalling and an embarrassment to most Americans.


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