December 26, 2005

Stop Breaking the Law, Asshole

from - smijer

But Mr. Powell added that "for reasons that the president has discussed and the attorney general has spoken to, they chose not to do it that way."

"I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions," he said.

Asked if such eavesdropping should continue, Mr. Powell said, "Yes, of course it should continue."-link

Ok... I'm not a legal scholar. I'm nearly as reluctant to play D.A. from my bedroom chair as a lot of folks should have been to play doctor, judge, and jury from their own. But the FISA Act is remarkably simpler to read and understand than your average medical library, and everyone who should have been able to do so has inexplicably and damningly failed to provide any rationale for how this spy stuff was not plainly against both the letter and the spirit of the law. George Bush made a radio broadcast to the nation intended to justify his actions... he repeatedly claimed that he acted within the law and within his constitutional authority, but didn't explain how. Condi Rice sat with Tim Russert and explained how important this kind of authority was post-9/11... a couple of people stretched the truth about whether such authority pre-9/11 might have prevented the WTC attacks. Colin Powell got on ABC to speak out of both sides of his mouth on the issue. But no one, from the President, to the attorney general, to... well, anybody... has offerred to explain what law overrides FISA on this matter.

Bush was explicitly refused the authority for non-FISA espionage involving US citizens by Congress... He told the nation, before he was caught doing it, that warrants were required by the law. He assured us during the 2004 election, while the NYT was sitting on the story, that it was not going on, which we now know was a bald-faced lie.

Unless someone wants to explain how it's legal, I believe they should keep their trap shut about there "not being anything wrong with it". Maybe Jim Carrey's son should make a birthday wish so that next time the President calls him, Colin's advice will be, "Stop breaking the law, asshole."

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Posted by smijer at December 26, 2005 11:35 PM
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