Friday, May 12, 2006

Creepy Pete Supports Spying on 6th District Residents

From the AP:
Roskam supports collection of phone records

Republican State Senator Peter Roskam who is running for a seat in Congress says he supports the collection of phone records by the National Security Agency.
Roskam said during a taping today of WBBM AM's "At Issue" program that as he understands it there is no question that such data collection is legal.

News broke this week that the NSA has been collecting millions of Americans' everyday telephone records.

Roskam said Americans' civil liberties are "precious" but it has to be balanced with border security protecting against terrorist attacks.

Update -- Newt Gingrich on the domestic spying that Roskam says is without question legal:
I’m not going to defend the indefensible. The Bush administration has an obligation to level with the American people. And I'm prepared to defend a very aggressive anti-terrorist campaign, and I'm prepared to defend the idea that the government ought to know who’s making the calls, as long as that information is only used against terrorists, and as long as the Congress knows that it’s underway.

But I don’t think the way they've handled this can be defended by reasonable people.
But who has ever accused Peter Roskam of being "reasonable people"?


Bridget said...

"Creepy Pete"! LOVE IT!!

What I would like to know is where is Tammy on this? One would think that she wuld have had Billy Weinberg shoot off a press release ASAP.

Seems like quite an opportunity to smack Creepy Pete upside the head with the Fourth Amendment.

iteachcomputers has a post about this issue.

anon said...

Pete "Raw Scum" works too...

He plays nice in person, but inside his head it's a right-winger's paradise.

Anonymous said...

Now, let's not be too hasty--it takes Rahm Emanuel a couple of days at least to stick his finger into the wind and make a determination. I'm sure Duckworth will have a position on illegal NSA wiretaps and data collection soon after that's complete.

I mean, it's not like this is CLEARLY, OBVIOUSLY, GLARINGLY wrong or anything, requiring a quick response. There's plenty of time to come up with a poll-tested answer!


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