Saturday, June 10, 2006


Democracy Is Saved!

Y'know, you can only repeat, "If the president does it, then it isn't a crime," so many times and in so many ways until it starts to lose meaning. This is not one of those times:

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed legislation that would give President Bush the option of seeking a warrant from a special court for an electronic surveillance program such as the one being conducted by the National Security Agency.

So, instead of actually checking to see whether it violates the Constitution, Arlen Specter's going to put forward a law that lets Bush do it anyway. Yay for disrupting the system of checks and balances!

Wait. It gets better:

Another part of the Specter bill would grant blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under presidential authority, a provision that seems to ensure that no one would be held criminally liable if the current program is found illegal under present law.

So, if one day we were all to realize that this was a massively unconstitutional clusterfuck, no one responsible for it- and that includes Bush- could be held responsible in a court of law. Why don't you shine his shoes with your tongue while you're at it, Arlen?

Some hope for democracy he turned out to be.

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