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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Posted 5:07 PM by

Bush eavesdropping violates us all

George Bush says flouting the Constitution in order to protect Americans is right. It isn't.Is it really so surprising that George W. Bush has turned the National Security Agency, our country's chief apparatus for spying abroad, internally on the U.S. and us?

After all, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I mean his party controls the White House, the House, the Senate, and now the Supreme Court. Isn't that what we call a dictatorship in other countries?

Bush admitted in his radio address today that he violated some Americans' civil liberties in order to protect those same liberties. But all W. did really was add the suede-leather secret police and unapproved taps on our phones.

Why should you care that this administration already had unprecedented legal power to spy internally and could have simply obtained a subpoena after the fact?

Why should you care that this administration doesn't mind smearing its political opponents - e.g. Valerie Plame and Richard Clarke - so long as its convenient?

Why should you care that the same force being used for the "War on terror" can now be pitted against ordinary citizens based solely on presidential discretion?

For that alone, not just getting America into a war under false pretenses, he should be impeached. But he probably never will be because the Democrats lack the balls and the Republicans who aren't idealogues still tow the party line.


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