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Thursday, December 22, 2005

"President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law...." 

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"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and ... defend the Constitution of the Uni...." - never mind.

So no disrespect to those who lost their lives in the Florida plane crash on Monday or their grieving families but why was that story all over the cable news networks instead of the fact that President George Bush was a SELF-ADMITTED CRIMINAL who should be on the verge of being impeached?

The mind boggles at how there could still be any apologists out there like Bill Kristol trying to justify Bush's actions. They should be ashamed of themselves. Straight up and down: son is mad guilty, there's no two ways about it. Let's review the facts though:

- Bush's "Need for Speed" argument runs into the truth.

- From Talking Points Memo: "According to this table compiled from DOJ statistics at the EPIC website, the FISA Court did not reject a single warrant application [emphasis added] from its beginning in 1979 through 2002. In 2003 it rejected four applications. In 2004, the number was again zero.

So, in a quarter century, the FISA Court has rejected four government applications for warrants." (click here for more)

and also:

- "FISA specifically empowers the Attorney General or his designee to start wiretapping on an emergency basis even without a warrant so long as a retroactive application is made for one "as soon as practicable, but not more than 72 hours after the Attorney General authorizes such surveillance." (see specific citation, here).

Unless I'm missing something, that really puts the dagger in the heart of any rationale based on timeliness or exigent circumstances." (click here for more)

- Bush lied during his press conference when he said Congress had approved his domestic spying program and...

- Congress explicitly said the War Resolution did not expand Bush's Executive Power.


- Think Progress debunks the argument currently being floated by many on the Right that President Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program isn’t news because the Clinton administration did the same thing.

- Alan Dershowitz says: Bush broke the law.

- Even Conservative Scholars argue that Bush’s wiretapping is an impeachable offense.

- Bruce Fein, a former Reagan Justice Dept official and conservative constitutional scholar says: "President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law." (click here for more via AMERICAblog)

- "Bush was desperate to keep the Times from running this important story—which the paper had already inexplicably held for a year—because he knew that it would reveal him as a law-breaker." - Newsweek has the scoop on Snoopgate.

- "The claim by President Bush that he needs to ignore the FISA process in order to nab terrorists shows that he either does not understand that this law has been used to actually capture a terrorist based on a phone call from a foreign country or he is hiding something." - Larry C. Johnson on how the FISA law actually works.

- Bush = Flip-flopper and hypocrite: he was against illegal wiretaps before he was for them. (via Think Progress)

- "A few current and former signals intelligence guys have been checking in since this NSA domestic spying story broke. Their reactions range between midly creeped out and completely pissed off." (click here for more)

Bust depaite all this, I still have to pray that this is not a preview of how this scandal eventually plays out. Dems, PLEASE DO NOT FCCK THIS UP!

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