2007/05/03

Warrantless Wiretapping's In The Constitution

Hot on the heels of yesterday's post about the FISA Court's mutation into a Bu$hCo rubber-stamp, we have the Director of National Intelligence, Michael McConnell testifying that the administration can... well...do whatever the f*ck it wants when it comes to surveilling US citizens. In fact, DNI McConnell went so far as to imply that the President's authority to bypass the FISA Court and wiretap citizens without a warrant is spelled out in Article II of the Constitution.

So, as a public service, we here at Blognonymous decided to put the director's assertion to the test, and here's what we found:

Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 1
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 1
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and...

Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 2
He shall have power.

And you thought those Evelyn-Wood speed reading courses were of no value.

12 Comments:

Justify as they may-it's still wrong! Ought to be something we could do about it,changing political parties won't change the Presidents power he's achieved lately.
Watch how fast the Unitary Executive President theory don't last after a Democrat is elected.

That is if there still are elections after Der Fuehrer Bush declares martial law and suspends the Constitution.

Of course that would be after he starts World War III and nukes Iran.
At which point both Russia and China back Iran along with the rest of the Middle East against us.

God Bless.
Impeach, Impeach, Impeach
we're so royally fucked.

Something like over 6000 Americans were spied on last year without warrants.

It would be one thing if they were catching terrorists and shutting down terror cells but they're not.

They're spying on Code Pink, Quakers, peace activists, putting "leftist" professors on no fly lists along with the likes of Randi Rhodes.

It's a sham, it's pathetic, it's straight out of Nazi Germany. The point isn't to keep us safe. The point is to indimidate who they consider to be their enemies.

Which in the end is going to be 75% of American.s
I discovered this tiny critter called the ballot beetle. Actually I think some ancient Greek called Democritus first noticed them.
They have an uncanny ability to find piles of politician, roll them into balls (I wish!) and bury them.
The only problem is that they are indiscriminate and often miss the truly worthy politicians. If we can only train them to be more discerning we will overcome the polley plague!
Cartledge,

I though ballot beetles lived entirely on hanging chads.

Kvatch,

At least he is getting down to the basics and putting it language everyone can understand.

"Stop asking questions. The "commander guy" gets to do whatever he wants. Get it?"

I'm sure glad we got that cleared up.
Thanks Gawd the framers of the Constitution designed this country to be a Parliamentarian Monarchy!
PT, I have to tell you hanging chads are not sufficient fodder for ballot beetles. But we really do need to change their munching habits.

As for "Parliamentarian Monarchy", at the risk of sounding pedantic! Moi? It is constitutional monarchy and you don't want to go there...
Impeach the bastards!
Kvatch,

Unrelated, but my comment on the last post ended up as part of a "google bounce" spam circle. Apparently my blog email is trying to send out my comments to random recipients. I had been in a pretty heated argument with a right-winger which abruptly ended, and now this. Do you know anything about it?

Sorry, but I figured if anyone would know....
Personally I'm amazed that such utter nonsense came from McConnell's mouth. The man is just another in a long line of lying Bu$hCo tools.

What a waste.
yeah, what polishifter said. 100%.

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