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Durbin Asks Bush To Put Partisanship Behind Him
Bob Roberts Reporting
CHICAGO (WBBM) -- The Democrats are talking co-operation with President Bush, but already there is evidence that controversial legislation backed by the Bush administration won't move forward.
WBBM's Bob Roberts reports.
President Bush has asked the lame-duck Congress to give him legislation that would specifically authorize the wiretapping of foreign phone calls and computer traffic of suspected terrorists.
The issue came up Friday during a meeting hosted by the President with Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
Instead, Durbin told WBBM Saturday, he is asking Mr. Bush to try something less controversial.
"We need to find more partnership and put behind the partisanship of the past," Durbin said. "I think we can do it. I suggested yesterday in the meeting, let's have some confidence-builders. Take some issues out that we agree on first and let's get them passed to prove to the American people that we can come together."
Durbin said agreement could come in areas where they has been confrontation in the past, such as judicial nominees.
"We encouraged him to send us moderate, centrist people and we would gladly approve them -- and do it quickly," he said.
Durbin made it clear he would rather wait until next year to look at more controversial issues.
"We just don't want to break down into a fight," he said. "There are so many things we need to do for this country and this economy."
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mr. Bush ordered the National Security Agency to monitor communications potentially related to al-Qaida between people in the U.S. and those overseas. He bypassed normal requirements for court approval of such eavesdropping, and the program came under harsh criticism after it was disclosed last December by The New York Times.
Democrats and Republicans on the intelligence and judiciary committees spent much of the year trying to find out details from the administration, to little avail. Much of the information is classified, and the White House has insisted that revealing it would mean compromising the war on terrorism.
The House passed a bill in September to allow warrantless wiretaps under certain restrictions. House and Senate intelligence committees and congressional leaders would have to be notified, the president would have to believe that a terrorist attack is imminent, and certification would have to be renewed every 90 days.
A Republican measure in the Senate favored by the administration would require the Justice Department to report twice a year to the House and Senate intelligence committees the number and kind of any such operations. It would permit the surveillance to continue for up to one year without a warrant. --- The House bill is H.R. 5825; the Senate bill is S. 3931.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Mr. Durbin said, "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."
Bush should put partisan politics behind him?
I wish Bush had been more partisan! We might have won these elections.
This statement was completely burried by the media, then and since then. This is now the man who will be the number 2 in the US Senate. Shameful. But I would hope that the pubbies will finally grow a spine and demonstrate some strength. These words should never be forgotten and they should be brought up on the senate floor by pubbies whenever possible to get them in the public eye. Dems are weak on terror and americans must be reminded of this for the 08 elections. Had the republicans run an ad nationawide that used words like these and a slogan of Support those who blame america or support those who blame the terrorists the message would have been clear. Why we didn't do that is beyond me.
When is Durbin up for reelection anyway????
why is it Bush and republicans are always the partisans and have to put partisanship behind...what will the lib/dems compromise except that maybe women won't have to wear burhkas?.....this "bi-partisanship" will be the delling out and demise of the US!!!
THE most partisan jerk in the Senate is asking for "less partisanship"!!??
THIS is the guy who called our soldiers Nazis!!!
The SCUM BAG.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus
"With the recent election and democratic take over of congress, Sen. Dick Durbin said he sees change coming.
"The political dynamic has changed in Washington," Durbin said. "President Bush cannot accomplish his agenda without us."
Yep, no Partisanship Dick.
You have got to be s****** me! The nerve of that SOB to suggest that BUSH should put partisanship behind him!
So, whoever said Durbin was in touch with reality?
If I was President Bush, I would hold a press conference to explain why Durban is not welcome in the Oval Office.
It actually appears that Durban is asking Bush to take a more even handed approach to Islamo-nazis, a bi-partisan approach, if you will. It would seem that to Durban we are treating Amrica's enemies unfairly, by singling them out for harsher treatment than we accord our friends and allies.
Here's a rhetorical question: How can moral turds like this collect votes?
The "bipatisan" move by the dems will last only so long as they get everything from the Pres. they want signed into law, and then it will be "off with his head" to impeachment .
Really? Like what? What would you do about 4.4% unemployment? Or the DOW at 12,000? Or gas down to $2.25 a gallon? I think we're all much better off if you keep your grubby little Marxist fingerprints off this economy, Mr. Durbin.
That is just what i needed to hear!
Thanks for the laugh!
Dickie and Harry are the face of the Dem Party--partisanship?--Theirs is one of the pictures in the dictionary defining partisanship.
People who voted Dem because the Dems ran a fairly conservative local Democrat to beat the Republican--i.e. Casey, Webb, do not seem to have a clue what they have wrought. These conservative Dems do not have a chance at leadership--the Dem party is totally in the hands of the far left wingers.
So "moderates,self proclaimed true conservatives, and disgruntled Repubs"--
here is a short list of what you have wrought: John Bolton, the most effective UN rep we have ever had is out; forget any more conservative Supreme Court justices--the Dems now think they have a mandate to select them instead of letting the Pres.select; forget homeland security--they want to do away with wiretapping and meaningful interrogation; they want habeus corpus for every breathing human including foreign combatants, in spite of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which plainly states the PRIVILEGE of habeus corpus can be suspended in cases of invasion or US security. Personally, I believe we were invaded on 9-11 and it continues today according to intelligence. And then there is amnesty, which both the Pres. and Dems agree on. 20 million new, mostly non-English speaking citizens are waiting to have their citizenship services done in Spanish and then wil breing over 40 million more relatives, plus the flow over the borders. Thenks all who showed the Repubs
like J.D. Hayworth of Ariz. the door.
Yep! The voters really showed the Repubs. It's known as cutting off your nose to spite your face. I just hope we don't bleed to death from the cut.
Durbin the Dick managed to maintain a straight face the whole time, did he?
Durbin said what????
If this is what the Dems are putting up for leadership, it may not be such a bad couple of years ahead of us after all.
What a knucklehead. It would have been nice if he had that same attitude over the last 6 years.
When will George capitulate?
Resolved, That the Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, participated in acts of sedition. In that the Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, holding a leadership role in the United States Senate, did support the enemies of our Nation in a time of War, and did Read Confidential documents in open Senate session on numerous occasions, and that this conduct of the Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, is contrary to senatorial traditions and is hereby condemned.
Sec 2. The Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, in addressing the Senate in his Official capacity as the Minority Whip of the Senate, on June 15, 2005, compared the United States Military at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazis, Soviet Gulags, or a "mad regime" like Pol Pot's acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to impair its dignity; and such conduct is hereby condemned.
Sec 3. The Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, has revealed sensitive details about Confidential National Security Operations to members of the press, thereby passing this confidential information to the Nations enemies in a time of war. The Senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin, did divulge top secret details about a new generation of spy satellites to the Washington Post resulting in a story published December 11, 2004. This story compromised United States Military strategy and cost United States Tax Payers hundreds of millions of dollars, acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to impair its dignity; and such conduct is hereby condemned."
"When American Leaders Refuse to Act
The American People Must Act as Leaders"
June 21, 2005
Letter From Soldier Says It All Censure Durbin.
Posted by Taste of Liberty at 9:05 am. Filed under: General
You must read this letter from a soldier, an open letter to all U.S. Senators, concerning Durbin
This letter was first posted by BlackFive as a comment and reproduced by the Weekly Standards Hugh Hewitt.
I am currently deployed to Kosovo as a member of Task Force Falcon, Multi-National Brigade-East, NATO KFOR. At home I am a teacher in the Kerman Unified School District, providing quality instruction in U.S. History and English/Language Arts to wonderful eighth graders whom I love dearly. I have served in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and California Army National Guard for 24 years.
I am currently on orders for 545 days on this contingency operation (Operation Enduring Freedom/Joint Guardian), which means that I will miss everything that my family does for the next nine months (at least), possibly longer if I am redeployed to another contingency operation, or extended here.
I share the preceding information as a preamble to the subject of this email, so there will be no mistake as to my position, or credibility.
The recent comments of Senator Durbin in reference to the conditions for inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility are as detestable as anything I have ever heard or read concerning members of the of the United States military. By now these comments have been quoted or aired enough that I need not repeat them here.
The senators remarks, while apparently intended to apply to only a small number of us, actually hit ALL of us squarely in the heart. To compare any member of the U.S. armed forces with the murderous thugs who ran Hitlers camp system, the Soviet Gulag, or who gleefully slaughtered entire populations in Cambodia, is an affront to all men and women of our military.
Does Senator Durbin really mean to imply that WE are thugs and murderers? Does he really mean to imply that WE treat our prisoners in the same manner, as say, the totenkopfverbande treated prisoners at Sobibor, Belzec, Treblinka, or Auschwitz? Does he really mean that?
If the good senator really does intend to convey this message, then I suggest that he read Eugen Kogons excellent and heartbreaking study of the Nazi camp system, titled The Theory and Practice of Hell. I think he should read it, and then decide whether or not his comparisons are entirely accurate. I would also like to suggest that Senator Durbin read Alexander Solzhenitsyns The Gulag Archipelago, or Children of Cambodias Killing Fields by Kim DePaul and the late Dith Pran.
We men and women who serve in the armed forces are NOT the jackbooted tyrants that some people seem hell-bent to depict us as. We are many things, but we are not evil. Implications to the opposite effect serve only to undermine and demoralize us as we try with all our hearts to carry out our missions to make the world a better place. If Senator Durbin or any other lawmaker would like to see evidence of, or hear testimony about what we really do, then I suggest a trip to Kosovo. Ask the people here what they think of America and our soldiers. You might be surprised.
In conclusion I would like to remind you that many of the men and women currently running the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay come from the California Army National Guard. They are upstanding and honorable citizens of the state of California, and the United States of America. They are members of the greatest force for peace, or war, that the world has ever seen. I personally know many of them, and they are absolutely not as Senator Durbin portrays them. Senators, I beg of you, stand up for them. Do not allow these reprehensible statements by one of your colleagues to go by the board without censure. He must be called to task on this.
SSG Stephen Pointer
432nd Civil Affairs Battalion (-)
APO AE 09340
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
So you smile and nod and shake hands....
Reid should have been told,"your welcome, but Turbin the douschebag isn't getting IN THE DOOR.
"It actually appears that Durban is asking Bush to take a more even handed approach to Islamo-nazis"
That's exactly what he's doing. Durbin has always been an obstacle to our security. Just take a look at his voting record on immigration. Illinois voters suck.
This guy is one of the pukes who hates America to the degree he would rather kill us than look at us.
Why did "W" let this guy walk the streets?
A couple of years ago someone paid for a big billbord on one of the Illinois expressways:
"Dick - Dick before he dicks you."
"Illinois voters suck"
Forgive me. I mean only those who voted for the worm
"Al Qaeda Scores 1st Win From Upcoming Congress Warrantless Wiretaps Likely To Be Shelved"
Put partisanship behind = bend over
He began Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. EST ---
The election has changed many things in Washington, but it has not changed my fundamental responsibility, and that is to protect the American people from attack. As the Commander-in-Chief, I take these responsibilities seriously. And so does the man who served this nation honorably for almost six years as our Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Now, after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon.
Well, no, the others suck too because they did not rise up in rebellion (lawful means only) against the barbarians in their state who keep sending Dick Durbin to the Senate.
This is the S***bag who called Americans serving in Iraq Nazis. He never deigned to serve in the military himself, of course.
I think he means higher taxes. The Democrat fix for everthing regarding the economy. Remember Bubba came in and raised taxes the highest in US history.
Durbin said agreement could come in areas where they has been confrontation in the past, such as judicial nominees.
Ummmm, if they were issues you agreed on, why didn't you pass them before?? Bush should send up Bolton and generally conservative nominiees and if they are rejected, send up tougher and tougher candidates, let the people SEE just what kind of "nonpartizan" behavour they are going to get from the Dims.
"And in my first act of bipartisan outreach since the election, I shared with her the names of some Republican interior decorators who can help her pick out the new drapes in her new offices."
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