Broke. The. Law.

President Bush today vowed that he would overturn yesterday’s ruling that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is, in fact, illegal. The best part of the ruling is this:

We must first note that the Office of the Chief Executive has itself been created, with its powers, by the Constitution. There are no hereditary Kings in America and no power not created by the Constitution. So all ‘inherent power’ must derive from that Constitution.

Glenn Greenwald has been all over the story with analysis, and it’s highly recommended reading.

I’ve been screaming at my computer screen all along: What part of “broke the law” does Bush not understand? The administration claims that the secret wiretapping of United States citizens was essential to fight the war on terror, but the FISA court exists to provide just that capability. Yet the Bush and the NSA went around the court.

Prisoner BushI know it’s a pipe dream, but I really want to see Bush and the whole gang of crooks handled like criminals over this and other abuses of executive power. They are not above the law.

Best rant on this is from Aravosis at AmericaBlog delivers my feelings exactly (thanks to Ags for pointing it out):

I’ve had it with this idiot.

We’ve got the president of the fucking United States of America lecturing a US court of law that it’s supposed to reach decisions NOT based on the rule of law, but on “the nature of the world we live in.”

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You have the nerve to claim Osama and the terrorists hate our democracy? They got nothing on you and your fellow “Republicans.” Do you people even believe in freedom? Do you believe in the Bill of Rights? Do you believe in our Constitution? Do you fucking believe in anything other than your absolute power to do whatever the fuck you want like some two-bit communist dictator rather than the president of the greatest country on earth?

We live in a democracy, you incompetent ass – one that is quickly eroding because half the people of this country elected a moron to the presidency (twice) and now are so embarrassed by their vote that they refuse to stand up and demand an end to your idiotic reign of terror.

These are judges you’re demeaning. American jurists. The people in charge of our laws. And you speak of them like they’re nothing more than crap. You and your party have contempt for our entire system of jurisprudence, the entire system of checks and balances our democracy is based on, because you can’t get your way 100% of the time. Well boo-fucking-hoo. We are a country of laws, you stupid stupid man.

  1. He’s authorized to do it, both by Congress in the September 14th declaration and by notification and consent while it was ongoing, and also by precedents excercised by previous Presidents. Jimmy Carter did the same thing and acknowledged that this was within the scope of the executive branch
    You really, really should educate yourself and challenge the things you think you know.
    Stop reading the Huffington post and listening to Air America (or is it John Stewart?). That shit only digs your stupid hole deeper.
    Being a moron in private is one thing, doing it out here where everyone can see you, well, it’s just pathetic.

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  2. According to the court, he’s _not_ authorized to do it, which is exactly the point. The administration has argued that Congress’s authorization gave Bush all sorts of powers, which have not held up in the court of law. And the notion of “notification and consent” is flimsy at best, if you’re referring to the adminsitration’s claims that Congress was informed (some appear to have been briefed, but not of all the details).
    Before calling me a moron, back up your assertions. Educate me. Alas, you’re spouting talking points and insults, so I can only assume you’re a troll hiding behind an alias. Feh.

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