Sunday, December 18, 2005

 

Don't count on Bush being forced to answer for his crimes

Even among his many critics, there seems to be little sense that what Bush said yesterday supposedly in defense of his illegal wiretapping raises more questions than it answers.
In Address, Bush Says He Ordered Domestic Spying
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In his statement on Saturday, Mr. Bush did not address the main question directed at him by some members of Congress on Friday: why he felt it necessary to circumvent the system established under current law, which allows the president to seek emergency warrants, in secret, from the court that oversees intelligence operations. His critics said that under that law, the administration could have obtained the same information.
I guarantee you, Bush will never be forced to answer this question. Even Republicans in Congress who feel uneasy about his outrageous lawbreaking will nevertheless close ranks around the leader of their party (and his pet president).

On the other hand, if Bush ever is forced to respond on this issue – if his Republican subjects turn on their monarch and commit the ultimate lese majeste, it will be a sign of hope for our country. But don’t bet the Constitution on this ever happening.
The president said on Saturday that he acted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks because the United States had failed to detect communications that might have tipped them off to the plot. He said that two of the hijackers who flew a jet into the Pentagon, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, "communicated while they were in the United States to other members of Al Qaeda who were overseas. But we didn't know they were here, until it was too late."
In response, I have 7 words: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” If stopping terrorists is so important that it merits Bush seizing absolute power, then why couldn’t he be bothered to read a brief goddamned memo?

Don’t expect anyone to press him for an answer on this either. Wouldn’t want to get him angry.
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