Thursday, July 13, 2006

Bush: I'll Abide By the Constitution ... Not!

Bush knows his numbers are in the crapper, which could seriously affect the mid-term elections and unfavorably shift the balance of power. His advisers know the picture that's being painted of Bush's Administration is sticking: he's grabbing too much power, acts unilaterally, isolates himself from opinions he doesn't share such that the decisions he makes are not sound.

That's why he's seemingly making mollifying steps to make it look like he's not such the dictator he really wants to be, such as pretending to submit to the constitutional oversight of the FISA court.
Specter said President Bush has agreed to sign legislation that would authorize the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to review the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s most high-profile monitoring operations.

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“If the bill is not changed, the president will submit the Terrorist Surveillance Program to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,” Specter said. “That is the president’s commitment.”

The President is committed. As long as he's committed, well, that's good enough for me!
An administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the bill’s language gives the president the option of submitting the program to the intelligence court, rather than making the review a requirement.

The official said that Bush will submit to the court review as long the bill is not changed, adding that the legislation preserves the right of future presidents to skip the court review.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the committee’s senior Democrat, said Bush could submit the program to the court right now, if he wished. He called the potential legislation “an interesting bargain.”

“He’s saying, if you do every single thing I tell you to do, I’ll do what I should have done anyway,” Leahy said.

Constitutional requirements are for Democrats. Guess that makes Democrats the Party of the Constitution.

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