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  •  FISA is a rubber-stamp, not a 'court' (none)
    The idea that FISA is a check on US intelligence gathering services is utterly laughable. FISA is not a court. It's a rubber stamp.

    That's what makes what Bush did so freakin' ridiculous. He refused to even acknowledge the constitutional necessity to need to get his domestic spying rubber-stamped.

    •  Even FISA isn't lenient enough for a tyrant (none)
      who wishes to spy on anyone he wants.

      If he doesn't run it through FISA, and nobody knows (notice the vehement "shameful"s of Bush about this coming out (leaving aside the bitter irony that Karl Rove still draws a paycheck from the White House))... well then no one will notice him spying on people who have no connection to al Qaeda.

      On whom has Bush spied?

      This is the foremost question, because he needed to break a really lenient protocol to do it.

      What people would it be so embarrassing to spy on that you have to break the constitution in half to do so?

      Has Howard Dean been spied on? Richard Clarke? Kerry's campaign? Joseph Wilson? You? I?

      The burden is on the president to explain this extraordinary and ongoing act.  And it's clear that burden is being felt. At today's press conference he was angry, bitter, confused, contradictory, fearmongering... in a word:


      "Johnson knew he was a prisoner in the White House, but Bush has no idea." - former defense official

      by Republic Not Empire on Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 10:05:31 AM PST

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