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    WASHINGTON Jan 4, 2006 Congress has been resisting some of President Bush's strategies in the war on terror particularly, a permanent renewal of the USA Patriot Act and he is not happy about it.

    "The enemy has not gone away. They're still there. And I expect Congress to understand that we're still at war, and they got to give us the tools necessary to win this war," the president said Tuesday.

    Bush's views were likely to be well received Wednesday at the Pentagon, where Defense Department officials were briefing him on their progress in Iraq and on other fronts.

    During a White House meeting with federal prosecutors Tuesday, Bush said lawmakers must act on a permanent renewal of the Patriot Act, which expanded the government's surveillance and prosecutorial powers against suspected terrorists, their associates and financiers. Noting that the Patriot Act was approved overwhelmingly not long after the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, he said political considerations now were getting in the way.

    "When it came time to renew the act, for partisan reasons, in my mind, people have not stepped up" to renew the act, the president said.

    Many key provisions of the law were to expire Dec. 31. Amid a debate over whether the act sufficiently protects civil liberties, most Senate Democrats and a few Republicans united against legislation that would have made several of the expiring provisions permanent while extending others for four years.

    In a move the White House adamantly opposed but later accepted, Congress approved a one-month extension of the law in its current form to allow the contentious debate to continue, which will take place when Congress reassembles later this month. The new measure expires Feb. 3.

    Later, outside the West Wing, prosecutors cited several cases in which the Patriot Act had played a crucial role, from staging an undercover sting on California weapons dealers attempting to sell Stinger missiles to securing convictions of major terrorist financiers in New York.
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    "The enemy has not gone away. They're still there. And I expect Congress to understand that we're still at war, and they got to give us the tools necessary to win this war," the president said Tuesday.
    If this War on Terror goes as well as the War on Drugs
    (or the War on Poverty before that), then we'll see a
    bankrupt nation committing ever more atrocities in the near
    future, with no hope of paying off THIS (click the big number
    to visit the national debt clock):


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    God, I don't even want to think about the national debt. I was reading IHT yesterday and in teh business section it was dueling economists trying to decide just which part of the economy is going to tank first. I'm putting my money on housing but who knows. Teh service sector could drop when disposable income becomes a dream.
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    At least you're thinking about it. Captain Bush of the U.S. Titanic
    seems to be convinced that swift, steady progress is being made.

    Of course, behind the scenes, his temper tantrums are flaring:

    Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades
    over those who protest the war, calling them “motherfncking traitors.”
    He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members
    who wore “bullsh!t protectors” over their ears during his speech to
    their annual convention that he told aides to “tell those VFW $ssholes
    that I’ll never speak to them again is they can’t keep their members
    under control.”
    Source: Capitol Hill Blue

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