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    Now, there are ways to write laws so that there are penalties outlined for ignoring them. But this bill doesn't do that. And I'm sure that's just fine, since really no one could foresee a president ignoring surveillance laws, right?

    And what is wrong with the current set of penalties "preventing" the White House from engaging in felonies against U.S. citizens?

    Today, and for every minute of Mister Bush's administration since 2001, 50 U.S.C. § 1809 makes it a felony ("punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both") for any member of the administration to "engage[] in electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute." §1809(a)(1).

    In other words, do it by the book, get a warrant or you've committed a serious federal crime. There are hundreds (thousands!) of persons in the Bush administration who have
    -- "engaged in electronic surveillance" without any statutory authorization,
    -- conspired to "engaged in electronic surveillance"
    -- aided and abetted in "engaging in electronic surveillance"  
    -- or been accessories before and/or after the fact to unauthorized electronic surveillance unauthorized by 50 U.S.C. Chapter 36.

    The Bush administration have yet to be held accountable for committing felonies proscribed by FISA. (FISA, btw, is the US’s terrorist surveillance program and has been for 30 years. Anything else, is just criminal activity).

    All of the administration officials who have spied on U.S. citizens without a wiretap have committed multiple felonies and hundreds of them could, literally, spend their lives in jail IF a serious Dep’t of Justice wanted to prosecute. There is no gray area and this is not a close call. Don’t hold your breath, however.

    If Congress is not upset by the current wave of administration criminality, what's to think they won't roll over for the next.



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