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 an inside job.’

 Think Progress
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Speaking today on the Senate floor in favor of the Foreign Service Intelligence Act legislation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) compared critics of the bill — which include Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), among others — to deluded conspiracy theorists. Hatch mocked the what he called “onerous oversight provisions” included in the bill, and said those who raise the specter of unchecked executive wiretapping power “feed the delusions of those who wear tin foil hats around their house and think that 9/11 was an inside job.”


Those “onerous” oversight provisions Hatch maligns? A ban on “reverse targeting” of Americans and a new requirement of probable cause for surveillance of Americans abroad.

Update: Late this afternoon, the Senate voted 80-15 to invoke cloture on the FISA bill. Ian Welsh at FDL writes that this "was the real vote" and applauds the 15 senators who "voted for the Bill of Rights."

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The label 'conspiracy theorist' is unfairly used as a way to discredit and ridicule people who question the "official version" of stories, when facts and common sense tell a different side of a story. Its a type of social conditioning that media outlets use to label people who do research for themselves and use common sense instead of believing 100 percent what they say.
 

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The label 'conspiracy theorist' is unfairly used as a way to discredit and ridicule people who question the "official version" of stories, when facts and common sense tell a different side of a story. Its a type of social conditioning that media outlets use to label people who do research for themselves and use common sense instead of believing 100 percent what they say.

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