Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Question is "Why?"

"I want to know precisely what they did," Specter said. "How NSA utilized their technical equipment, whose conversations they overheard, how many conversations they overheard, what they did with the material, what purported justification there was."

What Specter is missing is "why" they avoided judicial oversight. The Administration has yet to offer a credible answer to this question. Their one effort, "the need for speed," has been widely flattened as just plain silly. Until the Administration explains why they violated the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, we must assume that they did so because they knew that their warrents would have been refused. Since NSA requests have traditionally been "rubber stamped" even in peacetime, we can only assume that the Bush Administration's requests would have been for wiretaps of Kerry, Reid, you and me. No other explaination makes any sense. What we need to know is "why" he avoided oversight, not how. If MSM had any balls or professional integrity, they would be asking this question over and over again.

"Why did the President violate the laws and Constitution of our country?"

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Lt. Colonel Rick Francona MSNBC Military Analyst on HardBlogger,

"Is all this against this law? I'm not a lawyer, but I doubt it. Having spent considerable time doing this for a living, I cannot contemplate NSA (or the parent Defense Department) undertaking this "special collection program" without concurrence of the NSA's General Counsel. I would be surprised if the Justice Department was not consulted as well."

Let's think about that for a second . . . it's not against the law because internal counsel MIGHT have said that it was legal. Okay, to give the Col. a fair shake, let's say the internal counsel at the NSA did say it was legal . . . that doesn't make it legal!!!

On the other hand maybe, like the justice counsel visa vis Tom Delay's redistricting, said it was illegal . . . would we even hear about it. No, of course not, because it's secret. For Christ's sake, they even told the Senetors not to talk about it. What a fuckin' moron this Col. "expert" is.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

These "explanations" are all variations on the Nixonian theme: "When the President does it, it's not illegal."

Cf.

We've been here before, kids, and it sucked then, too. However, we had a Democratic Congress, non-insane Republicans, and at least a slightly more active press.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

"slightly more active?" How about, "we had a press."

The only things saving us is the Bloggs. Without the bloggs nipping at the heals of the NYT and others, I doubt we would have heard anything about these scandals.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 12:20:00 PM  

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