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Warrantless Wiretaps Are STILL Illegal

Monday, May. 29, 2006 2:56 AM

Addressing Naval Academy graduates, Vice President Dick Cheney vowed that the Bush Administration would continue its eavesdropping and asserted that the program is not domestic surveillance.

Cheney repeated the rationale that, "If people in the United States are communicating with al-Qaeda, they are talking to the enemy and we need to know about it."

Yes, friends, we're awash in terrorists. Hip deep and sinking. Oh, wait, that's bullshit that we're wading through, not terrorists.

I won't rule out the possibility that there could be sympathizers, or others like the 9/11 hijackers, but we simply have to stop thinking the enemy is going to waltz around with neon signs on their heads so we can find them.

It's not a question of domestic vs. international the program already violates the law by circumventing FISA and USA-PATRIOT; a domestic program adds the further complication of illegally circumventing the 'probable cause' standard that is expressly stated in the 4th Amendment.

The Bush Administration has not only broken the law, but they're standing there smirking and telling you they're going to continue breaking the law.


And, once more demonstrating that he is nothing that is not stamped, filed, approved, or numbered, President Bush likened his War on Terror to the challenges America faced during the Cold War.

As the late former Senator Lloyd Bentsen might have said, "You, Sir, are no Harry Truman."

"By standing with democratic reforms across a troubled region, we will extend freedom to millions who have not known it and lay the foundation for peace for generations to come," Bush said.

Right. Sprinkle a little magic democracy dust over the region, and nearly 1400 years of religious infighting will vanish overnight.

And how ironic that, when conservatives deride opponents to the war in Iraq as pansy-waisted Neville Chamberlain emulators, President Bush is waxing poetic about peace in our time.



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