December 19, 2005

ReddHedd alerted me to this debate on C-Span this morning, and PensitoReview wrote up a post about it. The republican apologist was all smiley and bouncy and hoped that her cheery demeanor would help prove her invalid points about President Bush's wiretapping operation. James was getting frustrated having to repeat himself so often by saying FISA already addressed the issues that she harped on. Bamford answered the last caller which helped prove his point and made her look like another Kate O'Beirne.

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Bamford: This is a president who has [spied on U.S. citizens] constantly since 2001, bypassing [the FISA] law. This isn’t a one-time deal. And, again, he has a lot of options for going to the court and doing this. He didn’t go to the court and there is a legal provision in that statute that says “if you don’t go to the court, it’s five years in jail and a ten thousand dollar fine.” So the solution here is to get a special prosecutor to take a look at whether the law…
Toensing: (Off camera) Ha!
Bamford: …Was violated. And I don’t know what’s funny about that. You know, we had the Republicans go to impeachment over a minor sexual discretion [sic] by a president. And here’s a president violating a law that says [there’s jailtime and a fine] if you manage to violate it.
She tries to fluff it off and try to say the members of congress were guilty too. How does that help the President Victoria?
Bamford: They didn't order this----it's called breaking the law!
As Pensito notes: "During the 1990’s, Victoria Toensing and her husband, Joe DiGenova, made over 300 appearances on cable television in the service of the Republican agenda - often pimping for their friend Ken Starr and his $35 million investigation into President Clinton’s sex life....

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