Sunday, December 18, 2005

Give 'Em An Inch...

The revelation that President Bush felt he had the power to spy on Americans without a court-issued search warrant should come as a shock -- but it doesn't. This administration was at war with the Constitution long before the Global War on Terror.

Although the front-man has generally been Dick Cheney, the entire Bush Team has consistently refused to share official documents, reveal attendees at secret meetings, or abide by historical precedent in dealing with Congress.

The latest outrage flies in the face of specific U.S. laws that prohibit domestic spying without a search warrant or separate permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret court. Consider that for a moment: the secret court wasn't good emough for Bush. The Patriot Act -- which allows secret review of your library activities -- wasn't good enough for Bush. Obviously, the risks to America were so serious, and the urgency so great, that we couldn't fiddle around with search warrants, right?

Or maybe not.

Government officials credited the new program with uncovering several terrorist plots, including one by Iyman Faris, an Ohio trucker who pleaded guilty in 2003 to supporting al-Qaida by planning to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, the report said.

Faris' lawyer, David B. Smith, said on Friday the news puzzled him because none of the evidence against Faris appeared to have come from surveillance, other than officials eavesdropping on his cell phone calls while he was in FBI custody.

In any event, after Bush is through rewriting the constitution to include a "divine right of Kings" we can all go back to sleep, secure in the knowledge that King George II is watching over us. Of course, this does raise the question of whether Bush should remain married to a commoner. Though it does appear he is starting to date other royals:

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