This country took one more step towards a Constitutionless future today. The Senate joined the House in passing the FISA Amendments Act. This basically lets the telecom industry off the hook for wiretapping American citizens unconstitutionally. It's official, the government no longer needs a warrant to spy on your private communications as long as you are talking to a foreign national.
If we add the Patriot Act and various other things into the mix, the last 8 years have been some of the worst in American history for the rights of Americans. I am ashamed that I voted twice for a President that has so little regard for the principles upon which America was founded.
911 was a great tragedy for this country. It is only compounded by the fact that because 2,974 people died, we are willing to hamstring the rights of 304,095,000 people in the country. It is further compounded by the fact that these terrorists have successfully changed they way we treat our own citizens. They have radically affected our foreign policy. They have inspired us to commit acts which only bring more people to their cause. In effect ... they have won by killing .000977% of our populatation. Am I the only one who finds that repugnant?