Egypt’s Internet Goes Offline And Congress Readies Obama “Kill Switch” Legislation

Posted Posted in Egypt, Internet, Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins

I don’t think after the events in Egypt this past week that this legislation has much of a chance of passing.
As Egypt’s government attempts to crackdown on street protests by shutting down internet and mobile phone services, the US is preparing to reintroduce a bill that could be used to shut down the internet.

The legislation, which would grant US President Barack Obama powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet, would soon be reintroduced to a senate committee, reported.

It was initially introduced last year but expired with a new Congress.

Senator Susan Collins, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that unlike in Egypt, where the government was using its powers to quell dissent by shutting down the internet, it would not.

“My legislation would provide a mechanism for the government to work with the private sector in the event of a true cyber emergency,” Collins said in an emailed statement to Wired. “It would give our nation the best tools available to swiftly respond to a significant threat.”

The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by independent senator Joe Lieberman, who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee, seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency.

I don’t want President Obama, Susan Collins or Joe Lieberman having control of my access to a “free press” which today includes the internet.

More communication and connectivity is better for liberty and freedom, than less.

Hands off.

Senator Joe Lieberman Knocks Dick Cheney – We Are NOT Less Safe But……

Posted Posted in Dick Cheney, Joe Lieberman

The Politico quotes Connecticut Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman in knocking former Vice President Dick Cheney: “we’re not less safe.”

But, what is more of the statement?

A bunch of muddled mush that only a seasoned POL can deliver.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Monday defended President Barack Obama against former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claims that the Obama administration has made the country less safe.

“We’re not less safe,” said Lieberman, who was one of Obama’s leading critics on national security during the presidential campaign.

“Our guard is up. In fact, I’d say that when it came to Afghanistan, obviously, this Obama administration has put more resources into the fight against terrorism than had previously been the case,” Lieberman added in an interview on MSNBC. “On balance, we remain as safe as we can possibly be in a world in which there is Islamist extremists who want to attack us.”

We are as safe as we can possibly be?

What the hell does that mean?

Lieberman continues:

“This administration has done everything it could, even in those areas that I disagree with them.”

More doublespeak and the statement means?

Flap does not feel more safe with Joe Lieberman in charge. Time for another retirement.

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Obama Dodges And Plays Word Games With America’s National Missile Defense

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Barack Obama, Joe Lieberman, Missile Defense
North Korean Taepodong-2 missile launch animation

So Says Byron York in today’s Washington Examiner.

In Prague on Sunday, Barack Obama boldly proclaimed that as long as there is a potential nuclear threat from Iran, the United States “will go forward with a missile defense that is cost-effective and proven.”  Many observers saw that as a statement of toughness from a president determined to counter Tehran.  It turns out it was a carefully-worded dodge from a president with little desire to build a strong American missile defense.  Here is the story behind the story:

A few months before the January 2008 Iowa caucuses, a left-leaning group called Caucus4Priorities asked Obama and other Democratic presidential candidates to spell out their positions on defense issues.  Caucus4Priorities was an offshoot of a bigger group, the Priorities Action Fund, created by Ben Cohen, the peace activist and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The organization hoped to divert billions of dollars in spending from the Pentagon to education, health care, job training, world hunger, and other causes.  One of its goals was to put an end to missile defense.

Candidate Obama made a video in response to Caucus4Priorities.  “I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems,” Obama said.  “I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems…”

Senate Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden have been foes of a national missile defense system for decades.

“This premise, that one day Kim Jong Il or someone will wake up one morning and say ‘Aha, San Francisco!’ is specious,” Senator Joe Biden told AP in May 2001.

Meanwhile in the Senate, Carl Levin (D., Mich.) offered in June to cut off funds for the ground-based interceptor program that Mr. Bush recently activated in Alaska in anticipation of the North Korean launch. Mr. Levin wants to stop new interceptors from being built, but Senate Republicans wouldn’t bring his proposal up for a vote. Mr. Levin has been waging his own private war against missile defenses for a generation, to the point of outflanking Russian objections on the political left.

In May 2001 the Boston Herald’s Woodlief wrote that John Kerry “wants to croak the hugely costly nuclear missile defense system.” And just one day before the 9/11 attacks Joe Biden (D., Del.) gave a National Press Club speech outlining Democrat opposition to national missile defense.

Why should President Obama be any different?

What Obama is practicing is DOUBLESPEAK.

So here is the lesson.  When the president says he will “go forward with a missile defense,” don’t assume that he will go forward with a missile defense. Don’t listen to what he said in Prague.  Listen to what he said in Iowa.

But, Obama will NOT be able to use Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman for ANY political cover.

Lieberman had begun to sing Obama’s praises in recent weeks, but his song sounded a decidedly harsh note this week. As during the campaign, the latest tension stems from disagreement over national security and foreign policy.

Lieberman, who campaigned for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year, has a reputation in the Senate as a defense hawk.

“Cooperation on missile defense is now a critical component of many of our closest security partnerships around the world,” Lieberman wrote in a letter to the president. “We fear that cuts to the budget for missile defense could inadvertently undermine these relationships and foster the impression that the United States is an unreliable ally.

“Moreover, sharp cuts would leave us and our friends around the world less capable of responding to the growing ballistic missile threat.”

Lieberman, a longtime supporter of a robust missile defense program, is the lead signatory on the letter.

Stay tuned…..

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Caroline Kennedy for U.S. Senate – What Have You Done for Us Lately, Baby?

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Caroline Kennedy, Joe Lieberman
Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder

Eric Holder walks with Caroline Kennedy on Capitol Hill in Washington. Holder is President-elect Barack Obama’s Attorney General Designee, June 25, 2008

The LEFT says Thanks But No thanks to Caroline Kennedy replacing Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York.

It’s a truly terrible idea.

Her leadership could have been really helpful when the rest of us were trying to keep the progressive lights on and getting the stuffing beaten out of us by a very well-financed right wing for the past eight years.  But when things were tough, she was nowhere to be found.

Thanks Jane. The last time you were involved with Democrat Ned Lamont, Joe Lieberman won.

Guess Caroline can start measuring the drapes.

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Sarah Palin Called Obama “Sambo” and HIllary a “Bitch”

Posted 24 CommentsPosted in Joe Lieberman, Sarah Palin

Remember the Joe Lieberman Black-Face Flap?

The latest smear against Sarah Palin is reminiscent of Left-Wing Jane Hamsher’s smear of Joe Lieberman in 2006.

Tons of readers are sending the latest, most pathetic smear against Gov. Sarah Palin.

It is laughable beyond belief.

One “Charley James” accuses Palin of exclaiming the following after Obama defeated Hillary:

“So Sambo beat the bitch!”

Read the entire “investigative report” here, which comes off like a really, really bad Onion parody.

A laughable, unsubstantiated claim but one that has to be answered as bull shit.

And, there will be many claims which will continue to come until election day.

Remember it was the LEFT that smeared Joe Lieberman in 2006. Remember it well.

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John McCain Watch: No Lieberman As Vice President

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Joe Lieberman, John McCain

McCain and Lieberman June 13

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., smiles during a news conference after a town hall meeting in Pemberton, N.J., Friday, June 13, 2008

The answer is NO to the idea of Senator Joe Lieberman as John McCain’s Vice President.

There are many deserving Republicans who can be nominated and who would make excellent Presidents should John McCain not be able to fulfill his Presidential duties:

  • Governor Tim Pawlenty
  • Governor Sarah Palin
  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Governor Bobby Jindal
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Just to name a few.

The first rule in Vice Presidential politics is to do NO harm. A Lieberman choice would demoralize the GOP base because Senator Lieberman is NOT a Republican and never has been.

His voting record and policy positions are to the LEFT of the GOP except with regard to the War on Terror.

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