Saturday, March 25, 2006

Crime And "Punishment"

Senator Russell Feingold is almost single-handedly trying to keep some measure of honesty in government. Against the wishes of most members of even his own Democratic Party, Feingold introduced a resolution to censure President Bush for breaking the law with warrantless wiretaps and lying to Congress and the American public about it.

Thank God nobody sucked W's dick, or this could get serious.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Feingold's resolution on Friday, March 31 beginning at 9:30 a.m. It will be interesting to see if all (or even most) of the committee members show up.

After listing the particular (and undeniable) offenses committed by the president, Feingold's measure declares that the Senate:
"...does hereby censure George W. Bush, President of the United States, and does condemn his unlawful authorization of wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining the court orders required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, his failure to inform the full congressional intelligence committees as required by law, and his efforts to mislead the American people about the authorities relied upon by his Administration to conduct wiretaps and about the legality of the program."
Despite the fact that censure is purely symbolic, Feingold's resolution is all but certain to be voted down by the full committee. Nevertheless, it is an important duty of the Senate to look into any possible lawbreaking by the Administration. And it is an absolute imperative that C-SPAN cover the entire hearing. The American people need to know who is -- and who is not -- willing to ignore criminal activity in the White House.

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