Kvatch Kvestions - Bush's Credibility On Anti-terror Measures
Bush has so poisoned the public's perception of his willingness to protect civil liberties--so damaged his credibility with secrecy and illegal activities--that the necessity and/or legality of this latest operation is no longer relevant to most Americans. With the exception of the Kitten Biting Republicans, nobody expects Bush to do the right thing, the prudent thing, or the legal thing. So 7 in 10 Americans, as well as a majority of the press, are probably sitting out there thinking, Screw Bush! Man deserves anything the NYT can dish out.
"Traditionally in this country in a time of war, members of the press have acknowledged that the commander in chief, in the exercise of his powers, sometimes has to do things secretly in order to protect the public," Mr. Snow said. "This is a highly unusual departure."--NYT article dateline June 27, 2006
No, idiot. We all know that you are all liars and no one trusts you anymore.
Ironically, the Swift program is probably legal under current law, but as you and Cartledge point out it no longer matters.
Lily, you're right, and it's interesting how often "transparency" laws are put on the books. Transparency should be the default. Not the exception.