Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bush's Orwellian America

Story by Paul Campos at Capitol Hill Blue. Here's a quote:

Bush's executive order, which he has renewed more than 30 times in the past four years, violates the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The FISA, which was passed by Congress after Richard Nixon used the nation's intelligence services to spy on his political enemies, requires the government to get a warrant from a special court, the FISC, before it can use shadowy organizations such as the National Security Agency to spy on Americans.
So, would that be thirty impeachable offenses, or an impeachable offense for every communication intercepted under this illegal executive order?

At what point do we cry, "Enough!" and render unto Bush the well-deserved legal consequences of his actions? Good Reader, it may be clear to you that my point is long past, but what I'm curious of is - where's yours?

3 comments:

CSC5502D said...

Right..and when Clinton actually authorized PHYSICAL SEARCHES and not just to the NSA either? You were calling for his impeachment right?

Hello?



EXECUTIVE ORDER 12949

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 9, 1995

EXECUTIVE ORDER 12949
- - - - - - -
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PHYSICAL SEARCHES


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States, including sections 302 and 303 of the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 ("Act") (50 U.S.C. 1801,
et seq.), as amended by Public Law 103- 359, and in order to provide for
the authorization of physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes
as set forth in the Act, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Act, the
Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a
court order, to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of
up to one year, if the Attorney General makes the certifications
required by that section.

Sec. 2. Pursuant to section 302(b) of the Act, the Attorney
General is authorized to approve applications to the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court under section 303 of the Act to obtain
orders for physical searches for the purpose of collecting foreign
intelligence information.

Sec. 3. Pursuant to section 303(a)(7) of the Act, the following
officials, each of whom is employed in the area of national security or
defense, is designated to make the certifications required by section
303(a)(7) of the Act in support of applications to conduct physical
searches:


(a) Secretary of State;
(b) Secretary of Defense;
(c) Director of Central Intelligence;
(d) Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
(e) Deputy Secretary of State;
(f) Deputy Secretary of Defense; and
(g) Deputy Director of Central Intelligence.


None of the above officials, nor anyone officially acting in that
capacity, may exercise the authority to make the above certifications,
unless that official has been appointed by the President, by and with
the advice and consent of the Senate.



WILLIAM J. CLINTON


THE WHITE HOUSE,
February 9, 1995.

Moody Loner said...

You idiot.

Section 1. Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Act, the
Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a
court order, to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of
up to one year, if the Attorney General makes the certifications required by that section.

That means "get a warrant first" for any other semi-illiterate trolls out there. Thank you for playing.

And yeah, if Clinton had been authorising warrantless searches in violation of the fourth amendment, I would have been all too happy to call for his impeachment.

And this exonerates Bush how, exactly?

Yeah, I know you're spam-trolling, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to mock and belittle you. You moron. You addle-pate. You jackaknapes. You knob-slobberer. You twit. You simpleton. You Drudge-reader. You Freeper.

stranger said...

the "clinton did it first" argument grows tiresome. two rights don't make a wrong, and a violation of the 4th amendment is a violation of the 4th amendment. PERIOD.

like you, moody, i wonder... when will the rest of this nation wake up?!?