Talkin' trash to the garbage around me.

16 January, 2006

Finally, someone who's not afraid to call Bush a criminal

I've been saying it for awhile (here, most recently), and finally someone with some clout is saying it loud and proud:
At present, we still have much to learn about the NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.

Can it be true that any president really has such powers under our Constitution? If the answer is "yes" then under the theory by which these acts are committed, are there any acts that can on their face be prohibited? If the President has the inherent authority to eavesdrop, imprison citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can't he do?

I can understand it when people don't jump up and salute when I say that Bush and his cronies are criminals, but this is coming straight from the lips of former Vice President Al Gore. As he makes perfectly clear, this ain't sour grapes. This is a naked power grab; the consequences for our nation are immense.

We've seen George W. Bush's incompetence: a bloody war with unattainable goals, catastrophic indifference to a city inundated by floodwaters, and an economy that could slip into another recession should Osama so much as say "boo!" And now we've seen his self-confessed criminality.

Can we please have our country back now?


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