The President Broke the Law by Wiretapping Outside of FISA-Russ' reasons-most of us would call them facts...
1)It Is Illegal to Wiretap Without the Requisite Warrant or Court Order
2)FISA Has an Emergency Exception
3)FISA Provides for Wartime Situations
4)The Administration Has Used FISA Thousands of Times Since 9/11
The President Made Misleading Arguments Defending his Wiretapping Program
5)Military Force Resolution Did Not Authorize Wiretapping
6)Executive Branch Review of Wiretapping Is Not Enough
7)Congress Did Not Approve This Program
The President Made Misleading Public Statements about Administration Wiretapping
“Finally, we need to renew the critical provisions of the Patriot Act that protect our civil liberties. The Patriot Act was written with clear safeguards to ensure the law is applied fairly. The judicial branch has a strong oversight role. Law enforcement officers need a federal judge's permission to wiretap a foreign terrorist's phone, a federal judge's permission to track his calls, or a federal judge's permission to search his property. Officers must meet strict standards to use any of these tools. And these standards are fully consistent with the Constitution of the U.S.” --President George Bush, June 9, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio
“A couple of things that are very important for you to understand about the Patriot Act. First of all, any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order. In other words, the government can't move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order. Now, we've used things like roving wiretaps on drug dealers before. Roving wiretaps mean you change your cell phone. And yet, we weren't able to use roving wiretaps on terrorists. And so what the Patriot Act said is let's give our law enforcement the tools necessary, without abridging the Constitution of the United States, the tools necessary to defend America.” --President George Bush, July 14, 2004, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
“Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.” --President George Bush, April 20, 2004, in Buffalo, New York
Oh Dear Readers, sorry about such a late publication. Can you believe what Russ Feingold said? See the video if you can. The transcript doesn't do Russ justice. And that George Stephanopolus, (Feingold Will Introduce Resolution To Censure President Bush) he's got not an ounce of shame. Not much of an American either, if he cannot see what is happening with his vast experience...
Now Russ doesn't have a problem remembering he is AMERICAN. He voted against granting Dubya his Patriot Act-both times.
Something we can repeal or rework later. Prissy wonders how that will work in the long run-that is- appointments and laws signed by someone who was not who they claimed to be...
Indeed, these guys will be stopped-Prissy has this on excellent, lawful authority. Fear not readers, the shills you hear are fearing for their own careers. They don't care about Dubya or even their own rights.
It isn't like America cannot stop them.
The military knows its obligation, as does the rest of our legal system-hence even right wing folks like former Justice Sandra O'Conner coming out over the Dubya dictatorship. Last night Prissy got an apology call from a friend, who also had the misfortune to vote Republican. We laughed and laughed about how America had to be taken over by a sociopath, just to get Americans away from dinner and the television.
Politicians beware-these are the folks now ready to hold a sign on the street and call your office. Let this be a lesson learned...
Wouldn't we all laugh with mirth if Prosecutors Fitzpatrick and McNulty end up with more indictments coming up, on Saint Patrick's Day?
If they did, we can be certain it was just coincidence.
Prissy is a wee bit herself and has a metallic green velvet and taffeta suit on hand, just in case...
Monday UPDATE (check back later for more): Via RAW Story- Death squads operated from inside Iraqi government, officials say
Knight Ridder first reported the accusation of death squads in February last year, and in June documented many cases in which victims were taken away allegedly by men wearing Interior Ministry commando uniforms were later found handcuffed and executed with a bullet to the back of the head.
The government had long denied the existence of such death squads. Sunnis had accused the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia supported by Iran, of being behind the killings, inside or outside of government ministries. Jabr is a senior leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a leading Shiite political party, and has close ties to the Badr Organization.
The investigation that led to Sunday's confirmation of government death squads came after American forces stopped a group of men who were passing through a checkpoint in late January. The men wore official uniforms and said they were preparing to execute a Sunni man in their custody.
The atmosphere of chaos in Iraq has been stoked in part by the failure of politicians to form a new government nearly three months after national elections.
From the Kansas City Star Wisconsin senator calls for censure of Bush over domestic spying
Feingold said domestic wiretaps without warrants were prohibited under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
"What the president did by consciously and intentionally violating the Constitution and the laws of this country with this illegal wiretapping has to be answered," he said.
If a president has the authority to ignore the laws, he "could even order the assassination of American citizens," Feingold said.
Frist said the National Security Agency's domestic wiretaps were "lawful ... constitutional and ... protecting the American people."
Feingold stopped short of calling for Bush's impeachment, although he said it remained an option. "This is right in the strike zone of the concept of high crimes and misdemeanors," he said.
"We can't want peace in Iraq more than the Iraqis want it," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Prissy sensed some evil creature was near...also in this arcticle:
Presidential adviser Karl Rove said Saturday that the Bush administration will not pull American troops out of Iraq until victory is achieved, despite the growing number of Democrats urging a withdrawal.
Abandoning Iraq now would signal to U.S. allies that America can't be trusted, Rove said during a Republican fundraiser at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
"Tyrants in the Middle East would laugh at our failed resolve," he said. "To retreat before victory would be a reckless act."
Larry Johnson, laying to rest more media spin from the desperate right-wing dings...Valerie's Thinly Veiled Cover?
Well, the theater of the absurd that tries to pass for journalism has gone to new lows with a goofy story in today's Chicago Tribune. The article, Internet Blows CIA Cover claims, "It's easy to track America's covert operatives. All you need to know is how to navigate the Internet."
Oh really? Okay Mr. Crewdson (the author of this nonsense). Please search the internet and identify 100 CIA officers for me. Go ahead. Give it a shot. Oh, I forgot, first you need a name. You do not just enter a random name and come up with a flashing sign that says, "this guy is CIA". So really what you are saying is that if I tell you someone works for the CIA you can do a search and find out that someone, who is a private consultant, once worked for the U.S. State Department? In other words, you first have to be tipped off to look at a particular person.
Dearest Readers, It is true that people in America are being hassled for what they say...But Dubya, now they all say IMPEACHMENT- because we bought all that song and dance about America they fed us in school-democracy within a Republic, free and open society, forefathers giving their lives and fortune for our freedoms...Dubya fell asleep when they talked about that stuff...FEMA critic's shirt gets him tangled up in ticket
But on Feb. 1, when he handed a shirt to a fellow Katrina victim as he was picking up canned goods at a charity's relief tent, Barisich found himself in trouble with the government.
He was cited by a group of Homeland Security officials for selling a T-shirt on federal property - in this case, near a FEMA center in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Chalmette, La.
Barisich, 49, says he didn't sell the shirt, which said: "Flooded by Katrina! Forgotten by FEMA! What's Next, Mr. Bush?" He says he gave it away.
The government is sticking to its guns. "If we ignored this violation, you could have potentially 20 to 30 people standing out in front of the (FEMA) center, obstructing things," says Dean Boyd, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman. "We've got a duty and a job under the law."
Konstantin Kosachev, who leads the international affairs committee of the Russian parliament's lower house, told reporters in Moscow that Iran's decision ended any possibility of a compromise solution.
Kosachev also warned it would "radicalize" UN discussions.
"The fraudulent basis on which the President got us into the war in Iraq; the obvious criminality of the warrantless wiretapping; indefinite detention in violation of the Constitution; torture as a part of indefinite detention and other ways; special rendition and torture, which is the outsourcing of torture... All of these violate various laws of the US, and they also violate his oath office which he swears to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, and he's doing just the opposite, he's undermining the Constitution and attempting to destroy certain parts of it,Goodman said.
Meanwhile, at least eight (8) US cities, including Arcata, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, each in California; and Brookfield, Dummerston, Marlboro, Newfane, and Putney, each in Vermont, have passed resolutions calling for Bush's impeachment.
Only the U.S. House of Representatives can impeach a president, you shout! A Senate trial follows. That's what we witnessed firsthand with Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. Big Bill survived the Senate vote. Big Dick, however, resigned in disgrace before his trial could start.
Nice grade-school education, dear reader, but what if we told you that you're dead wrong? What if we told you it can be done? What if we told you it's all in black and white?
The fact is, the U.S. House operates under published rules, and the rules of the current House, the 109th Congress, include Jefferson's Manual. Written in 1801 by then Vice President Thomas Jefferson, it's a book of procedural rules and parliamentary philosophy, originally intended to guide senators in the early days of the republic. Ironically, the Senate does not use Ol' Tom's Manual today, but the House does, to supplement its official standing rules of procedure.
Quotes of the Day
It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. --Jerome K. Jerome (1859 - 1927)
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.--Lenin (1870 - 1924)
Definition of Democracy-some of the wisdom our finer soldiers take the time to learn...and maybe the public too. From a U.S. Army war college green book. 2005
Democracy, as it is commonly understood, is about more than free and fair elections. It requires "independent courts, equality before the law, and constitutional limits on the powers of government. It establishes independent institutions to control and punish corruption and abuse of power." No one in a democracy "may be arrested, imprisoned, or exiled arbitrarily. No one may be denied freedom without a fair and public hearing by an impartial court."
Does it meet your standards for democracy? What is your definition? Tell Prissy...Later this week, The Prissy Patriot will tell you who the real American Heroes of United States 2006. Few are politicians-but we can thank many lawyers.
There are more American heroes working toward saving democracy than Prissy could ever list by herself and if you know of one, let us know the story. Prissy was privileged to have met several locally last night.
Ohio's voting and democracy will survive with folks like them around.
Prissy Patriot readers exclusive! Will the media be sued for lying? Can they be? The answer may very well be YES-depending on who is doing the suing... More on that later too, as it is very interesting and plausible...