Tuesday, June 17, 2008



Please read Glenn Greenwald's Salon piece today on Steny Hoyer's despicable, anti-democratic role in undermining the Constitution and the rule of law and ensuring that George Bush and his cronies can never be charged for a broad array of crimes they committed. Why would the Democratic Majority Leader do such a thing? He feeds at the same stinking trough of corruption as Bush and the rest of the swinish insiders of both deplorable parties. It is less about Democrats and Republicans than it is about Establishment Crooks vs the American people. In those terms, Hoyer is every bit as bad as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Rahm Emanuel, Roy Blunt, Max Baucus, and the whole K Street Congress Crowd.
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. Even as his office dishonestly denies that he is doing so, still more reports yesterday confirm that a so-called "compromise" is being spearheaded by Hoyer and the House Democratic leadership. The ACLU and EFF held a joint call today to denounce Hoyer's "compromise" as nothing more than disguised guaranteed immunity for telecoms and, further, because "the proposed deal could be used to authorize dragnet surveillance of Americans' communications in violation of the Fourth Amendment."

As a result, there is a major new campaign beginning today aimed at Hoyer and a handful of other key members of Congress who enable telecom immunity and warrantless eavesdropping. In order to raise as much money as possible for this campaign-- far more than the $85,000 raised (and still being spent) in Chris Carney's district as a result of his support for warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty-- we are working to create an alliance with numerous organizations and factions across the ideological spectrum which oppose civil liberties erosions, as well as with as many blogs as possible (modeled vaguely after the ideologically diverse alliance that has arisen in Britain in opposition to the sprawling and lawless surveillance state there).

Today we (our 1,850 donors) flew past the $100,000 mark and I suspect that by the time this is posted, we'll be closing in on $110,000. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. This is about the Constitution and the rule of law and it goes beyond party-- way beyond. Please help us hold congressional leaders who sell us out and do violence to the Constitution accountable.

As Glenn explains, Steny Hoyer's free ride is over.

This afternoon, The Hill reported that the telecom industry's best friend, corrupt Democrat Jay Rockefeller (WV) is crowing over how he, Bush, Cheney and Hoyer have been able to craft a deal to grant retroactive immunity to criminal telecom executives and to members of the Bush Regime who asked them to break the law.
The development comes after Rockefeller, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and the Bush administration reached an accord late last week to break a weeks-long stalemate over balancing electronic surveillance with the right to privacy for American citizens, according to several people familiar with the talks.

The majority of Democrats in the House opposed granting above the law status to this pack of criminals. But Hoyer and a pack of insidious Blue Dogs worked with Bush and his rubber stamp Republicans to go around them and thwart their will. He should be replaced as majority leader, just as Dick Gephart was when he conspired with Bush to oppose the majority of House Democrats and promulgate the illegal attack on Iraq. That betrayal ended Gephart's political career, just as this should end Hoyer's.

This isn't something DWT, Glenn, Firedoglake, Crooks & Liars, and Digby can do without your help. We need your help too. It's time for Hoyer to understand he works for the American people.

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At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been a couple crucial issues lately that Barak Obama could demonstrate his leadership ..... it seems to be a little too quiet out there (as J. Wayne used to say)

At 2:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your keyboard to the ears of the NY Times Editorial Board, wjbill - see this morning's Opinion yet?

Senator Barack Obama opposes immunity and voted against the temporary expansion of FISA. We hope he will show strong leadership this time. He might even take time off from the campaign to vote against the disturbing deal brewing in the back rooms of Congress.

Obama's deafening silence so far on this matter disturbs me too, but is not surprising. After all, this is the young Senator from Illinois whose mentor is none other than... Short-Ride Joe LIEberman.

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I hate to hear myself say it, I'm learning not to pin all my hopes for a political and moral turn-around in this country on the election of Barack Obama. He's not a heck of a lot different, in terms of ties to lobbyists and special interests, from McBush, just less evil and vicious. Like Howie has pointed out over and over, it's going to be determined by the progressive people we can put in the two houses of congress and the little home town political victories we manage to achieve. And the pressure we put on the ones that are already in office.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Paul Sunstone said...

Steny Hoyer is trying to get a floor vote on his bill Friday in the hopes this campaign to hold him and other pols accountable will then go away. I hope he's misunderstood the legs of this thing.

At 4:43 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Paul, if that's what he thinks, he has misunderstood. But he called me and talked my ear off for over an hour once and I think he knows we won't go away... not ever.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is all of this talk about the way Barak Obama is responding. I do think the silence of Jesse Jackson and Rev. Sharpton has something to do with all of this. Am I the only one noticing this silence????

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steny Hoyer is a piece-of-crap enabler much like the Vichy govenment in France helped Hitler destroy their country. Freedom-loving people will not forget his treachery...


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