If you haven't seen the 1998 Tony Scott/Will Smith movie "Enemy of the State," you should. It's eerily reminiscent of what's been happening over the FISA bill trying to being ramrodded down our throats by Bush and Congress. I'm not a conspiracy guy, but there's something much deeper and far more sinister at work here than just the amnesty being proposed for the Telecoms. Check it out again and let me know what you think.
As the movie opens, the legislature is close to passing legislation to expand surveillance powers of law enforcement agencies. Republican Congressman Phil Hammersly (Jason Robards, uncredited) is trying to stop the bill because he believes it is an invasion of privacy, while Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight), is trying to push the bill through to advance his career.
You can fill in the actors with real life characters from today....
UPDATE: I'm helping Glenn Greenwald to raise money against Steny Hoyer and the rest of the crew that are caving on FISA.
It is now definitively clear that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is the driving force behind a bill -- written by GOP Sen. Kit Bond -- to vest the President with vast new warrantless eavesdropping powers and to vest lawbreaking telecoms with amnesty...read on
And sign the ACLU petition: Tell Congress to Reject a Sham Spying "Compromise"