Sunday, December 18, 2005

King George Defends Domestic Spying; He Must be Impeached

Be afraid, be very afraid.
"This authorization is a vital tool in our war against the terrorists. It is critical to saving American lives. The American people expect me to do everything in my power, under our laws and Constitution, to protect them and their civil liberties and that is exactly what I will continue to do as long as I am president of the United States."

However, the laws and Constitution specifically prohibit warrantless searches in the U.S. The President does not have the power to interpret or make law. He is specifically charged with upholding the laws as written by Congress and interpreted by the Courts: "he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed..."

Streamlining the Government -- Bush has made himself the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches all rolled in one.
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."

If it were intended that the President have absolute war-making powers, then Congress would not be vested with the power to curb the President's power to make war by their control of raising armies, funding the military, and making "rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces."

And though the President is commander in chief of the militia when called into actual service, the Congress will still "provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States..."

If Congress gets to discipline and make rules for the military that the President "absolutely" commands, and can say to the President, "you can't use the military that way, we defund the war and will punish officers who follow your unlawful orders," then obviously the President does not have absolute war-making powers.

And if he doesn't have absolute war-making powers over the military, then he certainly doesn't have absolute war-making powers over the 4th Amendment.

What do you do with a President who is flagrantly, unabashedly disregarding the Constitutional limits?

Bush betrayed
Bush is rightfully angry at this betrayal of "classified information." It's a potentially serious betrayal. Impeachment betrayal. Someone has decided the idiot boy king is hurting our country sufficiently to warrant his removal, IMO.

And I agree.

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