Monday, January 30, 2006

Spies, Lies, and Wiretaps

New York Times Article:
A bit over a week ago, President Bush and his men promised to provide the legal, constitutional and moral justifications for the sort of warrantless spying on Americans that has been illegal for nearly 30 years. Instead, we got the familiar mix of political spin, clumsy historical misinformation, contemptuous dismissals of civil liberties concerns, cynical attempts to paint dissents as anti-American and pro-terrorist, and a couple of big, dangerous lies.
The wiretaps are illegal. There is a legal way to do wiretaps, and that involves getting FISA approval within three days of making a wiretap. Bush's wiretaps don't do that, which means that FISA, which is basically a rubberstamping court, wouldn't approve of them. If FISA wouldn't approve, the wiretaps are not for national security. That makes them illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional. A former President was impeached and resigned for EXACTLY THE SAME THING. Why hasn't Bush been impeached yet?

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