Friday, February 10, 2006


Gonzalez was finally forced to testify before the
Senate this week to defend the President’s
indefensible wiretapping program.

I was surprised they’re sticking with the idea that
the authorization to use force immediately after 9/11
gave them the authority to avoid the law.

No one believes that.

So you can see how that might provoke a Constitutional
crisis – not to mention that they’re an entire branch
of government to go screw themselves.

Republican reactions:

"The president does not have a blank check.”

– Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Chairman of the Senate
Judiciary Committee,

"Presidents are always stronger in the conduct of
foreign affairs when Congress is on board.”

– Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio. He said the administration
should seek explicit congressional authorization for
the surveillance.

"I never envisioned that I was giving to this
president or any other president the ability to go
around FISA carte blanche.”

“The argument that the president has such broad
inherent authorities in wartime could, if taken to its
logical conclusion, basically neuter the Congress and
weaken the courts."

– Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina:


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