Friday, December 16, 2005

The Unmaking of a President….

When Richard Nixon did it, he resigned. It wasn’t sex in the White House; it was obstruction of justice: knowingly preventing the prosecution of a burglary.

News today revealed Pres. Bush knowingly violated US law by authorizing illegal domestic surveillance. In her article, Shocked Lawmakers Demand Spy Program Probe, Associated Press reporter Katherine Shrader followed the story as it developed.

Shrader notes that even Republicans were shocked by the revelation:

“Dismayed lawmakers demanded on Friday that Congress look into whether the highly secretive National Security Agency was granted new powers to eavesdrop without warrants on people inside the United States.”

Shrader further notes:

"I want to know precisely what they did," said Specter. "How NSA utilized their technical equipment, whose conversations they overheard, how many conversations they overheard, what they did with the material, what purported justification there was.”

Typical of Bush, he offered no answer. No explanation. Not even an apology. Shrader notes:

“’I will make this point…That whatever I do to protect the American people — and I have an obligation to do so — that we will uphold the law, and decisions made are made understanding we have an obligation to protect the civil liberties of the American people."



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