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 danger...you, by your own terms and your own definitions you have just sided with the terrorists...it 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.