“Well, what’s he charged with?” His voice was thin, harshly metallic. He kept his feet on the table.
The marshall drew a deep breath, and recited:
“Driving on the wrong side of the street, exceeding the speed limit, driving while under the influence of liquor, driving without a driver’s license. endangering the lives of pedestrians by taking his hands off the wheel, and parking improperly–on the sidewalk up against the bank.” from Nightmare Town : Stories (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
by Dashiell Hammett
12 media myths and falsehoods on the Bush administration’s spying scandal
Just some highlights from the Media Matters article:
1: Timeliness necessitated bypassing the FISA court
Various media outlets have uncritically relayed President Bush’s claim that the administration’s warrantless domestic surveillance is justified because “we must be able to act fast …
2: Congress was adequately informed of — and approved — the administration’s actions
In fact, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have said that the administration likely did not inform them of the operation to the extent required by the National Security Act of 1947, as amended in 2001.
8: Gorelick testimony proved Clinton asserted “the same authority” as Bush
In October 1994, Congress passed legislation — with Clinton’s support — to require FISA warrants for physical searches. Thereafter, the Clinton administration never argued that any “inherent authority” pre-empted FISA.
Its called the boob tube for a reason. I’m not sure what excuse the media has. Katie Couric for example, makes millions, yet echoed talking points without doing any real research. All the big network’s news divisions and morning talk/news programs are cash cows so there’s no excuse for not having some researchers thouroughly research the issue and all the salient points involved in the issue. Blogs (not this one ) would be a good starting point to see the reaction of people across the political spectrum. Daily Kos and Glenn Greenwald have done a better job of lookijng at the constitutional issues then the evening or cable news programs. Where are the watchdogs of democracy ?………….Does War Make Presidents Kings? and Bush justifications for law-breaking .
The self-evident strategy of the Bush defenders is to cloud the extremely clear fact of Bush’s illegal conduct with so many legalistic justifications that people will throw up their hands and decided that this is nothing more than an esoteric lawyer game, not a serious threat to the founding principles of the nation and to the rule of law. But the principle that the President does not have the right to engage in conduct which the Congress prohibits under our criminal laws is one that is as clear as it is critical to our system of government, and it is urgent that this clarity be maintained and the rule of law enforced.