Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Stop the War, I want our Constitution Back…!

The Fourth Amendment of our Constitution is fairly straight forward:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

For George Bush to claim that he has the authority to spy on Americans in contravention of the Constitution is well…unconstitutional.

Bush is making the insane assertion that he can snoop under the guise of national security. But after Libby and Rove got caught up the CIA outing cover-up, our president didn't have a whole lot of choices.

I mean he wasn't about to repeat past mistakes and deny what journalists knew to be the truth. Bush had no choice but to come clean and now argue he had every legal right to do so.

But the million dollar question inquiring minds might want to ask is why did Bush refuse to initially go before a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court and request authorization, especially since they nearly always grant permission...?

One progressive blogger gave this possible reason, which when one thinks about this administration, makes perfect sense: To get the scoop on political enemies and keep track of them.

Buzz Flash had this to say on the subject: The “reason likely has to do with who was under surveillance, who was being wiretapped and who was being illegally searched.”


“Why, we might see names like Joe and Valerie Wilson, or Richard Clarke, or Cindy Sheehan, among others. The White House wouldn't want even a secret court to know that it was spying on political enemies. This was exactly why the FISA law was passed. To prevent just such illegal political spying by the White House.”

Yes, the New York Times reported the FBI has been busy spying on Americans. After 9/11, former Attorney General John Ashcroft widened the net of suspicious activities to include "groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief."

And earlier, Lisa Myers of MSNBC noted that the Pentagon had spied "on a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., [where] a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools."

Can we please get SOMEONE, ANYONE in Congress to at long last hold Bush accountable for an administration run-a-mok...? What will it take before someone says, “Enough”?

Can we please get SOMEONE, ANYONE in Congress to at long last hold Bush accountable for breaking the law…? What will it take before someone says, “Enough”?

We might first want to get the American electorate to wake up and start holding their Congressthings accountable to "We, the People." Once that's taken care of (a good start would be to vote against all incumbents in the '06 mid-term elections, regardless of their platform; just get the current rot out), we stand a better chance of reining in this monster that's destroying the liberty upon which the nation is based.
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