Must reads in case you missed them, Amnesty Day for Bush and lawbreaking telecoms and The WSJ editorial page lies about our surveillance laws.
From the first link,
What were the consequences for the President for having broken the law so deliberately and transparently? Absolutely nothing. To the contrary, the Senate is about to enact a bill which has two simple purposes: (1) to render retroactively legal the President’s illegal spying program by legalizing its crux: warrantless eavesdropping on Americans, and (2) to stifle forever the sole remaining avenue for finding out what the Government did and obtaining a judicial ruling as to its legality: namely, the lawsuits brought against the co-conspiring telecoms.
The self described Constitutional contexualists are thrilled by this outcome. The president’s behavior and those senators that sided with Bush has been anything but contextual. Like just about everything that the Right says they stand for they continue to fail the substance test. Asked to stand up for the Constitution and its most fundamental safeguards of individual liberty and the Right along with a few Democrats slunk down behind the boogie man and lobbyists for the telecoms. Mr. Small Government did have his defenders Like Senators Russ Feingold and Chris Dodd, ironically both liberal Democrats – of which the right-wing blogs cannot repeat the same tiresome and hypocritical ad hominem attacks quite enough. Justice William O. Douglas was said, “Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like.” Describing exactly what happed in regards to telecom immunity in the U.S. Senate. The executive branch of government with no oversight to speak of went to private corporations and formed a secret partnership to violate the law of the land and now the senate has said that’s all fine. Another irony in reading the right-wing blogs and the Wall Street Journal is how they think much like Osama Bin Laden, security first -even if a false sense of security and freedom last.
You, the American people, I talk to you today about the best way to avoid another catastrophe and about war, its reasons and its consequences.
And in that regard, I say to you that security is an important pillar of human life, and that free people do not compromise their security. – OBL October, 2004
In a recnet interview with the Boston Globe with Senator Obama,
Does the president have inherent powers under the Constitution to conduct surveillance for national security purposes without judicial warrants, regardless of federal statutes?
The Supreme Court has never held that the president has such powers. As president, I will follow existing law, and when it comes to U.S. citizens and residents, I will only authorize surveillance for national security purposes consistent with FISA and other federal statutes.
McCain doea know how to pander to the Right even if some of them continue to whine, McCain: ‘Anyone Who Worries About How Long We’re In Iraq Does Not Understand The Military’. I didn’t realize that John could do such a good imitation of Dick Cheney. McCain’s bizarre “maverick” status with the media might get whittled down to just another pay for play creature of the Conservative Culture of Corruption once the main contest starts and people start taking a closer look at his record, McCain Received $100,000 From Firm Of Abramoff Notoriety
The Right could care less about justice. We all know that because every time an issue arises that tests their ability to actually address the issue they’re no where to be found, Bush’s message to US women in the war zone: we won’t protect you from US men