Break One Law, Pass Another

Apparently it goes something like this.

Bush breaks the law to spy on us.  Republicans say the spying was necessary.  Democrats say it is bad.

No one mentions that he broke the law.  Just that we need to “fix” the law.

Well, they just “fixed” it (Pam Spaulding, Pandagon, emphasis mine):

No warrants necessary. And the Dems let him have it. (NYT):
President Bush signed into law on Sunday legislation that broadly expanded the government’s authority to eavesdrop on the international telephone calls and e-mail messages of American citizens without warrants.Congressional aides and others familiar with the details of the law said that its impact went far beyond the small fixes that administration officials had said were needed to gather information about foreign terrorists. They said seemingly subtle changes in legislative language would sharply alter the legal limits on the government’s ability to monitor millions of phone calls and e-mail messages going in and out of the United States.

They also said that the new law for the first time provided a legal framework for much of the surveillance without warrants that was being conducted in secret by the National Security Agency and outside the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the 1978 law that is supposed to regulate the way the government can listen to the private communications of American citizens.

No word yet on whether or not Bush, or anyone in his administration, will have to face any consequences whatsoever for breaking the law.

Same goes for the Republicans and Democrats who supported him.


3 Responses

  1. Retroactive Immorality….

  2. Retroactive Morality rather. Oh, now its moral.

    They really are all about political innovation at Bush & Co.

  3. Nothing really new…just ask the Native Americans. They have learned all the wrong lessons, for all the wrong reasons.

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