Wednesday, December 21, 2005

President Bush and Wiretapping

I regret I have been so busy this week, but in regards to the leak concerning the wiretapping without warrants, President Bush committed no crime.

Now you'll say I am a partisan, so I present exhibit A:

Attorney General is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order. Executive Order 12139, EXERCISE OF CERTAIN AUTHORITY RESPECTING ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE, signed 23-May-79, President Jimmy Carter.
Followed by Exhibit B:

In the delicate words of a Justice Department official to "places where you wouldn't find or would be unlikely to find information involving a U.S. citizen... would allow the government to use classified electronic surveillance techniques, such as infrared sensors to observe people inside their homes, without a court order." Executive Order 12949, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PHYSICAL SEARCHES, signed 9-Feb-95, President William Clinton.

Since so many on the Left are already calling for Impeachment proceedings against President Bush, allow me to state that: had I learned President Bush had not taken or somehow prevented these wire taps from happening, I would be first in line to call for said Impeachment! These were wiretaps on calls that either were placed from or to know Al Qaida locations, not on someone discussing Christmas presents with their spouse. This is a war, remember? By the authority vested in him by the Constitution, and by Congress, the President did as he was supposed to do.

Don't, please, don't hand me the Fourth Amendment, unless and until you can rationalize how that Amendment, which deals solely with criminal prosecution, is applicable in foreign surveillance. Until you can achieve that feat, please do not parrot the ignorant rants of so many members of Congress who ought to know better.

h/t Right Voices

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