Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Oath to Preserve the Constitution Means Get to Ignore it!
Here's a quote:
"That chief executive could, in times of war or emergency, act with the decisiveness, dispatch and, yes, secrecy, needed to protect the country and its citizens.
That is why the president uniquely swears an oath -- prescribed in the Constitution -- to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Implicit in that oath is the Founders' recognition that, no matter how much we might wish it to be case, Congress cannot legislate for every contingency, and judges cannot supervise many national security decisions. This will be especially true in times of war."
Haven't we been at war for decades now? Remember the war on crime, the war on drugs and, now, the war on terror?
I'm truly numb, both at the boldness of the president, the limp reaction of so-called "conservatives" and especially at the way most people don't give a rat's ass about these people lying and disregarding the constitution in the name of saving the country from terrorists.
We have met the enemy and he is us. We elected him. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine Bush would justify these actions and refuse to back down from taking them. This refusal is truly shocking, and revealing. These people truly think they are above the law and Bill Kristol truly believes the Founders created a king-like chief executive who is above even the Constitution from which he derived his powers.
Check out Huffington Post for snippets of editorial headlines, but be worried. These Neo-cons will stop at nothing it seems, and I wonder if anybody has the will to do it.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Osama must be laughing as his enemy destroys American democracy in the name of saving it.
President's Pants on Fire!
But a roving wiretap means -- it was primarily used for drug lords. A guy, a pretty intelligence drug lord would have a phone, and in old days they could just get a tap on that phone. So guess what he'd do? He'd get him another phone, particularly with the advent of the cell phones. And so he'd start changing cell phones, which made it hard for our DEA types to listen, to run down these guys polluting our streets. And that changed, the law changed on -- roving wiretaps were available for chasing down drug lords. They weren't available for chasing down terrorists, see? And that didn't make any sense in the post-9/11 era. If we couldn't use a tool that we're using against mobsters on terrorists, something needed to happen.
The Patriot Act changed that. So with court order, law enforcement officials can now use what's called roving wiretaps, which will prevent a terrorist from switching cell phones in order to get a message out to one of his buddies."
When you go to the speech, you have to skip down to get to the quote above. It's nine clicks on the toolbar. The paragraph starts with "Secondly,..."
Be careful what you say, though, or they'll wiretap your phones without ever involving the court and justify spying on citizens in the name of protecting the people.