Bush’s Meglomania. L’Etat C’est Moi. I Need To Eavesdrop On Internal Phone Calls Without A Warrant To Protect You. Guess Who Is On The List.
Just Like The Patriot Act Lets Him Monitor All The Web Sites Visited Or Library Books Checked Out Or Books Purchased Through Amazon Etc. Without A Warrant Bush Still Needs To Use Extra Legal Means To Curtail The Freedoms Of Americans. Why?
Bush now thinks because he obtained authority from Congress to chase down Al Queda and remove Saddam Hussein he has the right to eavesdrop on Americans without first obtaining a warrant by a very efficient legal system for the prompt issuance of a warrant involving national security. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says of course the right to eavesdrop on Americans was implied when Congress authorized the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gonzales also found ways for the President to authorize torture of prisoners. This of course allows the enemy to do likewise with American military prisoners.
One Wonders Which Americans Were Subject To Eavesdropping.
Was it, or will it be John Kerry, members of Congress The Democratic National Committee, Michael Moore and anyone else the Administration perceives to be a threat? Just how far does Bush think his authority extends. Does it include, detention, unlawful entry onto a subject’s premises and for what reasons? The Patriot Act already has been argued by this Administration to authorize detentions and suspension of habeas corpus.
What were the parameters of the eavesdropping without warrants orders and who was authorized to conduct the surveillance, just the National Security Administration or others and who received the information?
National Security Is The Reason Every Dictator Has Justified Surveillance, Torture, Killing Or Imprisonment Its Own Citizens From Stalin To Hitler To Saddam Hussein.
Bush’s logic has been the basis for every dictatorship in history. In order to protect the country from attack we must have a police state subject to no rules but the whims of the incumbent administration or ruler. We already have a court that can issue a warrant within minutes or less when adequate grounds for a wiretap is presented that makes surveillance necessary to protect national security. Therefore the Executive Branch has usurped the Judicial role in authorizing suveillance in the interest of national security
Only a megalomaniac would authorize eavesdropping on Americans without a warrant. If Attorney General Gonzales believes there is such an authority in a Congressional act he should be removed. Gonzales was White House counsel when he advised on the grounds for torture:
“Gonzales authored a controversial memo in January of 2002 that explored whether Article III of the Geneva Convention (protection from torture) even applied to Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters captured in Afghanistan and held in concentration facilities around the world, including Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The memo made several arguments both for and against providing Article III protection to Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. He concluded that Article III was outdated and ill-suited for dealing with captured Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. He described as “quaint” the provisions that require providing captured Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters “commissary privileges, scrip, athletic uniforms, and scientific instruments”. He also argued that existing military regulations and instructions from the President were more than adequate to ensure that the principles of the Geneva Convention would be applied. He also argued that undefined language in the Geneva Convention, such as “outrages upon personal dignity” and “inhuman treatment”, could make officials and military leaders subject to the War Crimes Act of 1996 if mistreatment was discovered.
A secret 2002 Justice Department memorandum cleared by Gonzales argued that laws prohibiting torture do “not apply to the president’s detention and interrogation of enemy combatants”, and that the pain caused by interrogation must include “injury such as death, organ failure, or serious impairment of body functions — in order to constitute torture”. (click here)
Gonzales is now Attorney General with a duty to uphold the laws of the United States and protect the Constitutional rights of its citizens. Therefore he has a Constitutional duty to appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine if a crime has been committed in the authorization of wiretapping without a warrant. Further a failure to carry out the mandate of his office subjects him to dismissal from office or at least an investigation into his own failure to act. This eavesdropping without a warrant program has been authorized “three dozen times since 9/11/01 according to a senior intelligence official.” (click here). This means Gonzales was also Bush’s White House Counsel when the warrantless surveillance of Americans began.
Senator Arlen Spector, Chairman of The Senate Judiciary Committee promised hearings on the matter in early 2006.
As for Bush if it is found that he illegally authorized illegal wiretaps, but believed on a good faith basis he was acting in the interests of national security then he should be censured. If the wiretaps went beyond national security interests it would be grounds for impeachment