- Sep 23, 2005
- Reaction score
- Political Leaning
Come on, let's be real here. Bush violated the Constitution and the law but it doesn't matter because the constitution doesn't matter. The truth of the matter is that the government will just do whatever it wants and act above the law and their is no accountabilty. The government has no respect for the constitution and the rule of law. They treat the constitution as a sham:
Memo Questions Domestic Monitoring Excuse By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
Fri Jan 6, 9:24 PM ET
WASHINGTON - A memorandum from two congressional legal analysts concludes that the administration's justification for the monitoring of certain domestic communications may not be as solid as President Bush and his top aides have argued.
Yet two attorneys in the organization's legislative law division, Elizabeth Bazan and Jennifer Elsea, say the justification that the Justice Department laid out in a Dec. 22 analysis for the House and Senate intelligence committees "does not seem to be as well-grounded as the tenor of that letter suggests."
The Bush administration says it was legal under Article 2 of the Constitution, which grants presidential powers, and Congress' September 2001authorization to use military force to conduct the war on terror.
But the memo concludes: "It appears unlikely that a court would hold that Congress has ... authorized the NSA electronic surveillance operations here under discussion."
Responding to the report, Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said the activities "were conducted in accordance with the law and provide a critical tool in the war on terror that saves lives and protects civil liberties."
The domestic monitoring has raised questions about the appropriate powers of Congress and the executive branch. Congress' legal advisers are saying lawmakers should have a role in overseeing such activities.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060107/ap_on_go_co/domestic_spyingSen. Frank Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J., who was among those who requested the research service's memo, said it contradicts Bush's claim that the program was legal.
"It looks like the president's wiretapping was not only illegal, but likely targeted innocent Americans who did nothing more than place a phone call," he said.