December 19, 2005

They Spy

I haven’t posted about this domestic spying business. I can’t believe how little we expect out of this current administration, how much we’re willing to give up when the government tells us it needs to protect us.

It’s ironic, that the president has always been very specific in making sure he never implied we need to sacrifice any of our excessive habits of consumption to help in the war effort. However, he demands we sacrifice our critical thinking skills. The emperor has no clothes, and he has decreed that all his subjects must, for safety’s sake, walk around without any clothing as well. Irony upon irony. This from the most secretive administration we’ve seen in recent memory.

And hypocrisy.

“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

When it comes to judges and appearances before the media, he’s a “strict constitutionalist.” When it comes to respecting your rights as a citizen, he wipes his saddle-sore behind with the constitution.

Why does the president need to secretly spy on people? Josh Marshall gives plenty of detail on previous warrant applications to the (already secret) FISA Court. In 25 years there have been thousands of applications for warrants. Only four times have those warrants been rejected. How do you make a case that the government is impeded by the FISA Court when they have only rejected 4 proposals?

Speed is not an issue, BTW. If time is of the essence, the Attorney General can proceed with a wiretap as long as a FISA request is issued within 72 hours.

Your White House would like to spy on you, and it would like to be able to do so without the interference of even a secret court.

But you’re not a terrorist, are you? You don’t mind a little unaccountable domestic spying. Welcome to America. Leave your clothes at the door.

Posted by James at December 19, 2005 5:03 PM
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How is this not getting more play? If a Democrat said that, it would be on every station in constant replay. Or am I just becoming needlessly paranoid?

Posted by: briwei at December 20, 2005 10:39 AM

Capitol Hill Blue (where that quote was published) doesn't have a reputation for high journalistic standards.

Posted by: Julie at December 20, 2005 2:36 PM

That might explain it. But also it's not the sort of thing we usually see the media report anyhow.

Maybe (when in doubt) it's better to judge him by how you interpret his actions (like spying on Americans without a warrant after making public appearances saying that they still seek warrants) than by a quote from Capitol Hill Blue.

Posted by: James at December 20, 2005 3:30 PM

Oh, there's no question about his "respect" for the Constitution. It'd be nice if someone could get him saying something like that on camera, though. And play it on the news at least as many times as they played Howard Dean's so-called "I have a scream" speech.

Posted by: Julie at December 20, 2005 5:13 PM

Here's a nice article from Newsweek regarding Bush and his law-breaking. It doesn't mention the meeting discussed in Capitol Hill Blue, but I'm just so delighted to see conservative Newsweek printing stuff like this. :-)

Posted by: Maggie at December 20, 2005 5:36 PM

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