Tuesday, December 20, 2005

For once, Bush was right

Following up on Fixer's post, Jonathan Alter of Newsweek on Snoopgate.

No wonder Bush was so desperate that The New York Times not publish its story on the National Security Agency eavesdropping on American citizens without a warrant, in what lawyers outside the administration say is a clear violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. I learned this week that on December 6, Bush summoned Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office in a futile attempt to talk them out of running the story. The Times will not comment on the meeting, but one can only imagine the president's desperation.

This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason - and less out of genuine concern about national security - that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story.

Ya done stepped on it big time this time, Georgie. You knew it all along, too. And you renewed the illegal program in writing thirty times. What did you think was gonna happen? That over 500 people in Congress were gonna let you shit all over them and the Constitution because you're such a wonderful leader that you can show arrogance and contempt for the law at will?

Not this time, you stupid motherfucker. I'm lovin' it!

This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974.

If such a blessed thing should occur, and we must make sure it does, the subpoenas and indictments will fly thick and fast and may block out the Sun!

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