Two ranking Democrats - Senators Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa and Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont - have moved to deny American citizens the right to file a FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) form with respect to the hotly contested National Animal Identification System in this year's Farm Bill.
Incredible as it is - Tom Harkin & Patrick Leahy seem to be doing the bidding of giant factory farming interests and RFID chipmaker, Digital Angel by preventing the American People from finding out WHO and WHAT is in the NAIS database.
How? By burying a provision in this year's Farm Bill that prohibits FOIA disclosure of data contained in the USDA's National Animal Identification System database, that's how.
What's that? DEMOCRATS covering stuff up - burying tricky language deep in a bill? DEMOCRATS helping giant congomerates (and perhaps helping themselves at the same time?)?
Yeah- I'm talking about you - Harkin & Leahy.
Dems Supporting Secret Databases
In a move that's more befitting of the Bush Administration, Harkin and Leahy are lining up to deny - no, make that destroy - transparency in government by eliminating the ability for citizen's to FOIA records from the (allegedly voluntary) NAIS database.
For all of the outcry from Democrats over the last years about the Bush Adminstration's abuses of power - the secret databases, demanding and GETTING customer records from phone companies and airlines, about secret detainee camps and the Justice Department dispensing with the need to obtain warrants.........
And just plan erasing constitutional proctections and ignoring the Rule of Law.
But now it's the DEMOCRATS who are making secret databases and it's the DEMOCRATS that are now planning to DENY us the the ability - no the RIGHT- to access the NAIS infomation citing Homeland Security.
And they call themselves Dems??? Registered Democrats (like me) will be lining up to cross party lines if this baby goes through.
Are you listening Howard Dean? Hilary? And Joe Trippi - Dem media guru (or should I say media slut?)