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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Shit Just Keeps Hitting the Fan

Posted by on December 21 at 7:31 AM

Bush didn’t seek warrants because he wanted to avoid the burdensome paperwork.

Bush says illegal domestic spying was “very concentrated, a very limited program,” that was used just 18,000 times.

Bush wasn’t just spying on people making international calls (which Bush believes would be okay): “A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct eavesdropping without warrants has captured what are purely domestic communications in some cases, despite a requirement by the White House that one end of the intercepted conversations take place on foreign soil, officials say.”

Op-ed in hyper-conservative Washington Times shreds Bush: “President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law.”

Ethical federal judge James Robertson quits FISA court over Bush’s illegal spying: “Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court’s work.”

Smarty-pants federal judge Richard Posner defends Bush in Washington Post op-ed. “Most other nations, such as Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Israel, many with longer histories of fighting terrorism than the United States, have a domestic intelligence agency… We do not. We also have no official with sole and comprehensive responsibility for domestic intelligence. It is no surprise that gaps in domestic intelligence are being filled by ad hoc initiatives.”

Smarty-pants blogger Marty Lederman points out Posner’s unstated premise: Bush did indeed break the law: “Here’s the most chilling line in Posner’s column, taking euphemism to a new level: ‘It is no surprise that gaps in domestic intelligence are being filled by ad hoc initiatives.’ That’s Posner’s kinder, gentler way of saying ‘It is no surprise that current federal laws, which unwisely criminalize this conduct, are being circumvented by the President’s authorization to commit felonies.’”

Andrea Mitchell is an idiot.

Mad? Want hearings? Wanna see the bastard impeached? Then help the Dems take back the House or Senate.