Let every nation know Whether it wishes us well or ill
That we shall pay any price - bear any burden
Meet any hardship - support any friend
Oppose any foe to assure the survival
And the success of liberty
(John F. Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Address)
Be sure to read this postby University of Chicago Law School Professor Cass Sunstein:
The authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) says, "the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."
No, this is about another - egregious - example of the rampant abuse of authority and power and a willingness to deny and defile the very substance of the laws that the American Revolutionaries fought for, with a deceitful and pernicious intent.
Jake - but not the one said...
TUA, there are so many things to fear. Why pick terrorism? Why not tackle the issue rationally, with money and appropriate threats, and yes, even appropriate action. Not including invading Iraq - what was not a terrorist threat at all, then or now.
Good point, Kevin. I'd add that this administration has consistently demonstrated an unserious attitude toward terrorism. From neglecting the 'Bin Laden determined to strike inside U.S.' memo to underfunding homeland security to bungling the aftermath of the Afghanistan invasion, Bush has shown that he only cares about terrorism inasmuch as it provides an excuse for doing things he wanted to do anyway --- cut taxes, invade Iraq, and as we are learning now, strip away American's civil liberties.
Of course, given the one-party autocracy of the present incarnation of Republicans, and their lust for executive power, I doubt if we'll be seeing any small or big "d" Democratic presidents any time soon.
I think saying his intentions were good is giving this guy way, way too much credit. This is the callous man who fiddled while New Orleans drowned. Do you honestly believe that he was wiretapping people because he loves his fellow citizens so much he's horrified to imagine they might become victims of terrorism?
There's not doubt that he is droning on and on about how he's doing this to protect us. But come on. Like all megalomaniacs this guy doesn't give a crap about anyone but himself.
Now this is funny or scary depending on how you look at it. Bob here actually suspects he just might be insane yet can not compel himself to take his meds.
The scariest thing about this is that Bush and the GOP have *every incentive in the world* to let another terrorist attack happen, so we can all stop our quibbly little doubts as to whether or not we're still "at war."
Seriously. Think about it. Think about the recent F grade from the 9/11 Commission two months ago.
I don't mean to get all moonbatty; I don't know whether I'm quite cynical (enough) yet to believe that Bush, for all his demonstrated cluelessness and/or mendacity, actually goes to bed at night dreaming of another great, unifying gift from Osama -- another "new Pearl Harbor" to "awaken our moral purpose" as it said in the Clinton-era PNAC docs.
What I *do* know is that his polls would spike and his arguments would prevail with most of the public.
Also, using this approach makes it very difficult to obtain individual warrants, because the rate of number turnover would be high, and the number of simultaneous taps large. Not to mention that the vast majority of lines tapped would have nothing to do with terrorism, although itâ€™s sounding like the FISA court may be pretty mellow on that score. It also sort of explains what the risk is in revealing this program, since now suspects would know that any international call they made, even if it was from a brand new phone to a â€œcleanâ€ number in a safe country, would be tapped.
If you have come across any moonbats commenting on this story please share and I will put em up on the main page.