Wednesday, January 04, 2006

... preserve, protect, and defend ...

Over the Christmas-New Year's holiday break, I was in Washington, DC for a few days. I went around the Mall and enjoyed various collections at the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and had a generally great time.

As I was leaving the National Museum of African Art in the late afternoon, I was looking for something to do in about an hour before everything closed at 5:30 p.m. Looking across the Mall, I saw the building of the National Archives, which is the home of the Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence, and other historic documents.

So I headed over and was very excited to look at the exact part of the Constitution that George Bush violated! It's in Article II, Section 3, reading in part that the President of the United States "shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed. In the picture, it starts about three lines above the "t" in "Article III."(Sorry it's a bit blurry--they understandably don't want people taking photos of it with flash.)

Wouldn't it have been easier to just follow the law in getting warrants for domestic spying? Oh, it's too urgent? How about getting warrants up to 72 hours retroactively? Think they might deny it? Think again. They only have denied four requests since 1979, out of thousands that have been requested. So no. It was not a good idea to start the program. To defend and continue it is not only stupid, it's probably criminal. But don't take my word for it: read what the members of the court which was specifically created to deal with this have to say. But isn't 50 USC 1801 et seq clear enough? The rule of law is our great strength, not some obstruction to be circumvented.



Anonymous Emily said...

hooray for ian.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Toad734 said...

Did you see the part that said a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate can't come from the same state? Guess where Cheney lived and worked before joining up with Bush? Yep, Houston, TX where Georgie used to own a baseball team.

10:54 PM  

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