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Monday, December 19, 2005

So, when did President DimWitDumbFuckStain get promoted to Emperor DimWitDumbFuckStain?

Defiant in the face of criticism, the Bush administration has portrayed each surveillance initiative as a defense of American freedom. Bush said yesterday that his NSA eavesdropping directives were "critical to saving American lives" and "consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution." After years of portraying an offensive waged largely overseas, Bush justified the internal surveillance with new emphasis on "the home front" and the need to hunt down "terrorists here at home."

Funny, isn't it, how protecting US lives didn't seem to be a big concern back in August 2001, not when President Jr decided that an intelligence document was far less important to deal with than getting back to the White House Crawford branch for his annual month-long vacation from the "hard work" of being President.

Apparently, that disinclination to protect US lives also extends to CIA operatives whose sole job was to track & disrupt the transfer of WsMD to rogue regimes, groups & individuals, with political operatives placing personal payback with petty political grudges far above their duty to keep this country safe

Bush's constitutional argument, in the eyes of some legal scholars and previous White House advisers, relies on extraordinary claims of presidential war-making power. Bush said yesterday that the lawfulness of his directives was affirmed by the attorney general and White House counsel, a list that omitted the legislative and judicial branches of government. On occasion the Bush administration has explicitly rejected the authority of courts and Congress to impose boundaries on the power of the commander in chief, describing the president's war-making powers in legal briefs as "plenary" -- a term defined as "full," "complete," and "absolute."

Not a SINGLE Administration offical is able to point out anywhere in the US Constitution just where the President can unilaterally make laws & order the most massive spying on US citizens this country's ever witnessed.

Interestingly enough, which Administration official did we not see out front on this issue on the Sunday Morning talk shows?

Easy, the one who would be expected to know just exactly where the Constitution supposedly grants this President the rights to Divine rule, unencumbered by any legislative oversight, Attorney General Alberto AKA "Mr. anti-torture is such a Quaint concept"

Wonder how the Administration's Attorney General, or Harriet Miers,were overlooked in selling the idea that the Constitution gives W unlimited rights of kingly privilege?

One of W's most absurd claims is that it's ONLY the terrorists who "hate freedom", in fact, in one of President Jr's first speeches after the September 11 attacks, our unelected, unappointed King actually said

Americans are asking "Why do they hate us?"

They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

Now, let's see which sentence in blue from Bush Jr's Saturday's whinefest jumps out at everyone here, and just how that comports with the claims that it's only the terrorists who hate "Freedom"

The burgeoning use of national security letters coincided with an unannounced decision to deposit all the information they yield into government data banks -- and to share those private records widely, in the federal government and beyond. In late 2003, the Bush administration reversed a long-standing policy requiring agents to destroy their files on innocent American citizens, companies and residents when investigations closed.

Yep, nothing says "Freedom Loving" MORE than saving/not destroying closed investigation files on people, groups & businesses who have done nothing illegal in the least

Interesting too that even though President Jr was far too cowardly & craven to fight for this country when it needed his services during the Vietnam war, W has no problem suddenly finding a spine when it comes to waging war on the US Constitution & the people it's supposed to protect. And at the time W decided to start using our Bill Of Rights as the cheapest grade of toilet paper, the lackey feeding into President Jr's delusions of unfettered arrogance was a hapless theological extremist so out of the mainstream he lost his Senate re-election bid to a dead candidate

No president before Bush mounted a frontal challenge to Congress's authority to limit espionage against Americans. In a Sept. 25, 2002, brief signed by then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, the Justice Department asserted "the Constitution vests in the President inherent authority to conduct warrantless intelligence surveillance (electronic or otherwise) of foreign powers or their agents, and Congress cannot by statute extinguish that constitutional authority."

Now that I think about it, let's add Ashcroft to the list of those who should be able to point out exactly where in the US Constitution this President has the right to have completely unllimited powers to pick & choose which of the Bill Of Rights is still in play, and those which President Jr thinks of as mere guidelines


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