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Wednesday, December 21

Blow Jobs--Bad. Illegal WireTapping--Good

Remember six (sex) years ago how important the rule of the law was to the Republicans? How the very fabric which holds our democracy together was in grave and immediate danger of being eradicated by the nefarious President, Bill Clinton? He had lied under oath in a personal matter of sexual indiscretion and only one person was directly affected. That would be Monica Lewinski.

Nonetheless, the GOP told us that if a president breaks the law that potentially undermines the rule of the law itself and since we are a nation of laws, that was an offense that was simply inexcusable! The only answer that would resolve president Bill Cinton's egregious violation, Impeachment. Somebody remind me what we spent on that fiasco.

Fast forward six years. The president has violated the law by lying to Congress to start a war and revealed this week that he personally authorized the illegal wiretapping of U.S. citizens and has been doing so for years. The law is clear. The president does not have the authority to do so without judicial oversight.

Yet there he is, our defiant would-be-King holding a media blitz to assure the coutnry that he did indeed have the legal right to violate the law offering us lame excuses about how the process of obtaining warrants is somehow cumbersome and in this fast-paced world of terrorism, well, the War Lord ain't gonna wait for no damn warrants! This is not only false, it is ludicrous.

The Foreign Intelligent Security Act (FISA) acturally allows the goverment to start a tap as soon as they deem it necessary and allows them 72 hours to retroactiviely prove to the court the need for it. Plus, the goverment officials are able to get the emergency warrants from the secret court set up (FISA) within hours, if not minutes. From 1970 through 2002 there were 15, 264 surveillance warrants issued by the FISA court. Clearly this process is quite favorable to the government seeking wiretaps and is not "slow."

Further supporting this is the amount of surveillance warrants which were rejected during that same 23 year period, ZERO. From 2002 until now, only four such requests were denied.

So the Invented Ruler would have us believe the leaking of this illegal activity to the press somethow compromised our national security . This is beyond the red herring, designed to distract the minons attention from the real crime, the wiretapping.

The best defense Rove and Cheney could come up with or muster is that he had legal authority because he has "sworn to protect American citizens" therefore he can violate any law by simply say he is doing so to protect the people. Yea, right. This is ridiculous. I think we are all aware of who he is trying to protect.

Bush used the word "understand" 25 times in his nearly hour-long new conferece, trying to convey that the Amerkan people need to understand that his breaking of the law was in their best interest. At the end of the day however, we do understand Mr. President. We understand you broke the law.

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