Bush to Illegally Spy on Us

Washington Post (emphasis mine):

The Bush administration said yesterday that it plans to start using the nation’s most advanced spy technology for domestic purposes soon, rebuffing challenges by House Democrats over the idea’s legal authority.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department will activate his department’s new domestic satellite surveillance office in stages, starting as soon as possible with traditional scientific and homeland security activities — such as tracking hurricane damage, monitoring climate change and creating terrain maps.

This is an administration with a proven disregard for the law.  They don’t care what comes of their actions.  They know they will not be seriously prosecuted (if at all). That is why they won’t stop.

Expect more when Bush’s heir McCain becomes President in 2008.

Meanwhile the Democrats haven’t learned a thing from the past 7 years:

“I have had a firsthand experience with the trust-me theory of law from this administration,” said Harman, citing the 2005 disclosure of the National Security Agency‘s domestic spying program, which included warrantless eavesdropping on calls and e-mails between people in the United States and overseas. “I won’t make the same mistake. . . . I want to see the legal underpinnings for the whole program.”

This is a constitutional crisis.  The spying is bad, the blatant disregard for the law is criminal.  Don’t just look for the legal underpinnings.  Aggressively attack the entire program and the administration’s illegal actions.

DHS officials said the demands are unwarranted. “The legal framework that governs the National Applications Office . . . is reflected in the Constitution, the U.S. Code and all other U.S. laws,” said DHS spokeswoman Laura Keehner. She said its operations will be subject to “robust,” structured legal scrutiny by multiple agencies.

That’s a smoke-screen you smell.  Behind it is the same “We’ll do what we want and screw the law” mentality that is choking our civil rights out of our government.

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7 Responses

  1. I just can’t believe this shit, it doesn’t ever end because we let it go on and on in the name of security or terrorism, or whatever people use as an excuse to tolerate this blatant manuever to impose total control over the masses. See what I wrote at

    http://www.onlymoments.wordpress.com

    I can only wonder if we can wake up in time.

  2. This is pretty hysterical hyperbole. If the President says it’s legal, it is. Haven’t you got anything better to do than to be a nattering nabob of negativism? I mean really. Give me a break!

    What’s wrong with using the most advanced technology to find out what the enemies of America are doing? Are you a totally unhinged America hating loon?

    Oh wait, I see a Homobama banner, so I guess you are. Question: why does B. Hussein Obama hate rural America?

    Exit Question: Why did the silky pony cross the road?

  3. I can never tell if comments like the above are sarcastic or if people really think like that.

  4. brian just look at psycheout’s web page and you’ll see that it was serious. Obviously the president makes the laws. It’s on the cereal box. Didn’t you read the Lucky Charms box?

  5. What’s wrong with using the most advanced technology to find out what the enemies of America are doing? Are you a totally unhinged America hating loon?

    Oh wait, I see a Homobama banner, so I guess you are. Question: why does B. Hussein Obama hate rural America?

    Well if you believe that the “enemies” are homosexuals and anyone named Hussein then there is plenty of things wrong with this. And no, the President is not King or Emperor, therefore what he says does not make it legal…unless…

    Wait…brainstorm…next president can declare the GOP illegal and take away all your guns…after all he is the President and if he (or she) says so, then its legal…right?

  6. In case it gets blocked, this is how I answered Psycheout (apt name by the way, one lunatic accusing another of insanity!)

    On the ACLU suing the telecoms and why its EVIEL!

    Of course, this is all circular logic based on false assumptions:

    A) That the goverment (at least this goverment, guess what will happen if there is a Dem in charge!) can never, EVER, do anything wrong in the pursuit of terrorist.

    B) That only terrorist (which are designated by said goverment in the first place, in secret) will be the target of said surveillance, ignoring all evidence to the contrary.

    C) That evidence can be procured when the goverment keeps it all secret in the first place. You must prove harm…but you can’t know if there is harm because its secret, therefore you can’t prove it.

    D)That the State equal the Nation. That somehow opposing or even questioning a given goverment or even the State is an attack on the people or the Nation. The two are not the same.

    E) That a goverment with such a poor record on everything needs more powers to invade our privacy when they fail to use the power they already had in the first place.

  7. Hi , thanks 4 this post. It opens some new ways of looking on to reality ……… this is just too bad . when we will weak up ?

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