19 December 2005

More on the outrageous power grab

Attorney General Gonzales now claims (with a twinkle in his eye) that Congress essentially gave Shrub the authority for domestic surveillance after the Sept. 11 attacks. Or to translate this into non-legalese for the proles living outside of the inner sanctum of DC--"What in the hell did you think this slimy dirtball mis-president of ours would do if we took him off his leash." Gonzales evidently believes that going through the normal channels would have tied the administration's hands, but we all know that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was in charge of these things back in the days when we used to have a Constitution, was pretty much a rubber-stamp organization anyway.

Senator Feingold has rightly describes this as an "outrageous power grab" stating that "Nobody, nobody thought when we passed a resolution to invade Afghanistan and to fight the war on terror ... that this was an authorization to allow a wiretapping against the law of the United States." So now there will be an investigation . . . and another attempt to sweep the latest corruption of power under the carpet.

3 comments:

Vancouver Voyeur said...

How many days until the next election? And will it even matter if there's no paper trail? I'm sooo disgusted and worn out from writing letters and bitching to Congress about things like this. Who knows, I might be under investigation myself for protesting. ;-)

CyberKitten said...

It wouldn't surprise me V V.... I do wonder if some poor smuck in the FBI has a job reading all this stuff & keeping files on us all....

Karlo said...

I'm sure someone does. My guess is that the Patriot Act hasn't made one iota of difference in the so-called war on terrorism. Law enforcement has always had a right to investigate foreigners. This is all about figuring out a way to spy on regular Americans who aren't terrorists.