WH Seeking Retroactive Law Allowing Spying

NSA logoTrying to finagle their way out of the latest scandal of possible illegalities in its domestic wiretapping program of U.S. citizens, the Bush administration is now pushing for Congressional approval to retroactively allow for such an unconstitutional program:

After two months of insisting that President Bush did not need court approval to authorize the wiretapping of calls between the United States and suspected terrorists abroad, the administration is trying to resist pressure for judicial review while pushing for retroactive Congressional approval of the program.

Even though the FISA program already allows for delay between when a warrant can be executed and the special court must be notified (one year actually), the administration has repeatedly ignored their obligation to follow even those lax rules. Because… as the truth would have it, the FISA court is stacked with terrorists who would have immediately blown the whole operation.

But the real meat and potatoes here is that the administration wants retroactive Congressional approval of what has already occured (an ex post facto law) — or in very simple terms: a pardon.

8 Comments
  1. the only thing left for congress to do is impeachment if this is true.i dont think they have enough will left in congress to what they were elected to do by the people.the constitution they swore to protect and defend has been cheapened to where there is no trust left for government.
    br3n

  2. Hahaha, great post Stephen “Because… as the truth would have it, the FISA court is stacked with terrorists who would have immediately blown the whole operation.

    Had me laughing a-la Daily show. Thanks.

    I’m still at a loss to understand how this minimalistic oversight(FISA) is even to much for these cronies, I mean, it really is absolutely minimal.

  3. Loopier and loopier.

    The Administration’s arguments run from:

    • we’d like to do this (sussing out Congress) to
    • we don’t need your approval to do this (withdrawing the proposed legislation when Congress said no) to
    • you already approved this (by passing the Authorization for Use of Military Force) to
    • we don’t need any approval (due to inherent Commander-in-Chief power) to
    • please give us retroactive permission to do this (asking for this law).

    Seriously, WTF?

  4. Sounds like even more self incrimination to me. Why would they want this law ex-post-facto if they didn’t do anything wrong? They can’t even meet rubber-stamp FISA’s Constitutionally repugnant retroactive warrants! That tells you right there that they are doing all kinds of naughty things.

    I see absolutely no reason why we aren’t going to be totalitarian. Sooner rather than later. What are people going to do. Not a damned thing. There are too many vectors for control. There is absolutely no reason whatever for the United States to become totalitarian. NONE NONE NONE!

  5. Congress isnt going to do anything because they’re wrapped around Bush’s finger.

    We’re on a downhill slide people and nothing is going to stop it. We’re slipping towards globilization and socialism.

  6. DD — you said, “what are people going to do about it?”

    I personally feel you’re asking the wrong question. You need to ask, “What am *I* going to do about it?” — and then get as many others as you can to do the same.

    Statements like that make you part of the problem, not the solution.

    Like the little green button a while back on this site said: “STFU and do something!”

  7. Beleive me, I’m a lone voice in the wilderness. People I encounter think “America” can and will go on forever. Any attempt I make to convince people of the dangers we face is poo-pooed outright. Nobody really beleives that a dictatorship could take hold. Maybe they will just barely begin to beleive it after it happens. And as far as I am concerned that is what they want and deserve.

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