Thursday, February 14, 2008

Olbermann on FISA

Just when I thought Keith Olbermann's "Special Comment" segment couldn't get any better tonight's special comment left me with chills. Here is the clip from January 31st's comment on FISA and look for the best special comment thus far as soon as I can get my hands on it:

From tonight's "Special Comment" on FISA and President Bush putting the telecoms before the American people:

"Mr. Bush you say that our ability to track terrorist threats will be weakened and our citizens will be in danger yet you have weakened that ability, you have subjected us, your citizens, to that greater, by your own terms and your own definitions you have just sided with the is bad enough sir that you are demanding an ex post facto law which could still clear the AT&Ts and the Verizons from responsibility for their systematic, aggressive and blatant collaboration with your illegal and unjustified spying on Americans under this flimsy guise of looking for any terrorists who might be stupid enough to make a collect call or send a mass email, but when you demanded it again during the State of the Union address, you wouldn't even confirm that they had actually done anything for which the deserved to be cleared, 'the Congress must pass liability protection for companies believed to have assisted in the efforts to defend America.' Believed. Don't you know? Don't you even have the guts Dick Cheney showed in admitting they did collaborate with you? Does this endless presidency of loopholes and even fine print extend here, too? If you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business, come out and say it. There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend, you are a Fascist. Get them to print you a t-shirt with 'Fascist' on it. What else is this but Fascism?"
To listen to Olbermann's entire Special Comment for February 14, 2008, visit the MSNBC website. I will post the entire clip when it is available on youTube. For the full text of tonight's Special Comment, this link will give that to you with the appropriate punctuation, spacing, etc. Mine is simply a transcription taken while I listened to the comment.

Here's the video from tonight's special comment:

God bless, Keith Olbermann! And thank God we still have some congressmen and congresswomen who understand they have an obligation to the Constitution of the United States. They have an obligation to the people who elected them and more importantly an obligation to the traditions of this great nation. Granted, there are not many of them and our President does not side with them, but they are there and they deserve our deepest appreciation. In doing their jobs they are protecting our rights as citizens of this free, non-Fascist, country.


Wordsmith said...

I work from home (2-10:30pm), and I had the TV on out in the living room and I could tell from my office that he was giving a special comment. I damn near got up.

Yesterday I heard that stupid fuck of a president talking about how "the enemy" is just gunnin fer us and gawd hep us, it's gonna be worser this time.

You know I'm inching towards hating that man.

(Off to watch it now - TiVO!)

Tara A. Rowe said...

Let me know what you think!!

Wordsmith said...

Hmmmm....I worry sometimes for Keith, calling Bush a liar so often.

I loved that "Get them to print you a T-shirt with 'Fascist' on it."

I added a bit to my post. Qwest, as far as I know - has never capitulated to the NSA. I switched from AT&T to Qwest solely for that reason.

I always wonder too, how is he (KO) going to top the last one?

Tara A. Rowe said...

No kidding! I'd be a little afraid if I were Keith, but then again every one is watching the situation closely. I didn't think he could top the Jan. 31st Special Comment and he sure as hell did tonight!

Wordsmith said...

I read an interview with him that noted he has to be "good and pissed" in order to write it and then he goes.

Me - couldn't do it. I'd be spitting, sputtering, throwing 'fuck' 'fucker', maybe even 'mo-fucker' in there too many times, and then I'd start rambling about Cheney too!