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Saturday, October 14

5 Years later: NOW they care about port security

It's just amazing to me that it's been 5 years since 9/11 and politics got in the way of port security for all this time. And the Republicans just lied and lied about how THEY were the party who was concerned with national security. Enough to really make you puke, isn't it?

Back on March 16th, the evil right wing blocked funding for a $1.25 billion port security bill saying enough was already being spent. Yeah right. It was most obvious to people who pay attention that the bushistas either knew that there won't ever be a terrorist attack again because they are the terrorists OR because they simply don't give a shit if there's another terrorist attack because it could lead to war and war is good for the economy OR they simply voted it down because the bill was sponsored by a democrat, Rep. Martin Sabo (D-MN).

Yesterday the House passed a $7.4 billion Port Security bill overwhelmingly by a vote of 421-2. Dennis Hastert pretended that this was a Republican thing (the 2 nay votes were Republican, mind you).
"House Republicans will continue to do what is right to protect American families and prevent a tragedy like September 11th from occurring ever again," said House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). "We understand that we must secure our ports in order to protect our citizens."
The pretzeldent signed the legislation yesterday saying, "We're going to protect our ports. We're going to defend this homeland, and we're going to win this war on terror." He's so fucking lucky that nothing happened in the past 5 years. Or maybe it wasn't luck. (I am really beginning to doubt the whole damn terror thing.)

The Democrats are still pushing for legislation that would require that each and every container headed for the US be screened. Supposedly a feasibility study was done and it would be too expensive. It appears to me that with $7.4 billion in the budget, they could afford to screen the cargo because someone is making way too much money on this deal and that's probably why the less expensive bill was defeated in March.

A ban on banks and credit card companies from depositing money to internet gambling sites was tucked into the above bill too. It's called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which "prohibits online gamblers from using credit cards, checks and electronic fund transfers to place and settle bets. The law puts enforcement on the shoulders of banks and other U.S. financial institutions, some of which fought the legislation."

Turns out that 23 million Americans enjoy playing poker online and this is a huge industry. Sounds like prohibition to me and we know where that got us.

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