Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mother, should I trust the President?

The hits just keep on coming. US citizens detained without due process, torture, secret prisons, wars based upon lies--what is next? This seems a lot more substantial than a two bit land deal and a blow job.

Bush says he relied on his inherent power as President to eavesdrop on US citizens. I like Senator Russ Feingold's response: "If that's true, he doesn't need the Patriot Act because he can just make it up as he goes along. I tell you, he's President George Bush, not King George Bush. This is not the system of government we have and that we fought for."

Here are two the latest articles from the Washington Post on the eavesdropping revelation.

President Acknowledges Approving Secretive Eavesdropping
Bush Also Urges Congress to Extend Patriot Act

President Bush today acknowledged that he had secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on international communications of Americans and other domestic residents with known links to al Qaeda.

The controversial order has been approved by legal authorities in his administration, Bush said, and he added that members of Congress had been notified of it more than a dozen times.

Washington Post

On Hill, Anger and Calls for Hearings Greet News of Stateside Surveillance

Congressional leaders of both parties called for hearings and issued condemnations yesterday in the wake of reports that President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 allowing the National Security Agency to spy on hundreds of U.S. citizens and other residents without court-approved warrants.

Bush declined to discuss the domestic eavesdropping program in a television interview, but he joined his aides in saying that the government acted lawfully and did not intrude on citizens' rights.

Washington Post


Blogger Moulton said...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The time has come to alter and abolish the egregious, arrogant, and dysfunctional tyranny of the Bush Administration and to reclaim our civil liberties and control of our institutions of self-governance.

December 18, 2005  
Blogger John B. said...

Bush and Co. will keep wrapping themselves in the flag of 'defending the nation's citizens' and 'fighting the terrorist threat in secret out of necessity'.

This won't be settled until fall of '06 in the voting booths.

December 19, 2005  
Blogger lemming said...

Oh, but Gonzales assured GWB that everything was constitutional and patriotyic. What further assurance do we foolish, uninformed and ungrateful citizens want?

Big Brother is watchng you.

December 19, 2005  

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