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January 26, 2006

Eavesdropping Without Warrants -- It's About Following the Law

-- by Dave Johnson

Earlier this month I asked, Was Bush Wiretapping the Kerry Campaign? The problem is, we have no way to know.

Let's get serious for a minute about Bush's assertion that as Commander in Chief he has the "wartime" right to do anything he feels is necessary, without warrants and regardless of laws. Asking if they are wiretapping political opponents is not a far-fetched question because without warrants there is no check or balance on what they do. THAT is why our Constitution requires warrants - so a judge can look over what they are doing. It's like asking us to trust Nixon, and we know how that worked out, don't we? Or Reagan and we know about Iran/Contra, or Bush's father, and we know about how many he had to pardon to keep himself out of jail. We're not supposed to trust our politicians - that's why we require warrants.

In the previous post I wrote,

They say the Democrats are traitors. They say they are helping the terrorists, supporting the other side, working to undermine the troops, offering aid and comfort to al Queda, etc. They SAY all those things, and maybe they believe them. And if they really do believe these things they say they certainly would feel it is necessary to take action, wiretap, disrupt, and anything else they can do to stop us. So we certainly should associate the things they say with the idea that maybe it actually might be related to the things they do.
Since then they have been ramping up the rhetoric, accusing Democrats of siding with the terrorists, "providing comfort" to the enemy, etc. Explain to me how they can say that - call US the enemy - and NOT feel justified in listening to our calls and reading our e-mails.

It's not about listening to terrorists - they already had the means to do that - it's about lying and following the law. Bush assured the country that they were getting warrants and then we found out they were not.

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 26, 2006 11:29 AM

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Exactly, Dave! And once Alito is on the SC, BushCo. will be even less restrained.

Posted by: Helga Fremlin at January 26, 2006 12:08 PM

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