Friday, December 23, 2005

Supreme Court: It's a crime.

Just a tidbit for those who think President Bush is within his constitutional authority to approve wiretaps without court approval.

In 1972, in the Nixon Watergate case (where the administration asked for immunity from prosecution for Attorney General John Mitchell for wiretapping citizens without court approval), the Supreme Court stated:
"The danger that high federal officials will disregard constitutional rights in their zeal to protect the national security is sufficiently real to counsel against affording such officials an absolute immunity,"
The Court then ruled, unanimously, that it was unconstitutional for the government to conduct wiretaps without court approval despite the Nixon administration's argument that domestic anti-war groups and other radicals were a threat to national security.

It's illegal. It's unconstitutional. End of story.

And with an administration that openly states they believe it's their mission to restore the power that they believe the Presidency should have, and with continuing revelations of more aggressive lawbreaking than acknowledged to achieve this quest for power, it's time to start taking serious action against them.

They've proven to the world they can't be trusted - now they're proving it to us. We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye. Our future depends on it.

These criminal actions must be met with their due punishment under the law.



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