Sunday, January 29, 2006

Advice and Consent, Abuse and Contempt

[[S C A N D A L S]] * I hadn’t really intended to do any blogging this morning (hey, a guy’s got to take some time off). But I was struck by today’s lead editorial in The New York Times, which eviscerates the Bush White House’s defense of its once-secret domestic spying campaign. “A bit over a week ago,” the piece begins, “President Bush and his men promised to provide the legal, constitutional and moral justifications for the sort of warrantless spying on Americans that has been illegal for nearly 30 years. Instead, we got the familiar mix of political spin, clumsy historical misinformation, contemptuous dismissals of civil liberties concerns, cynical attempts to paint dissents as anti-American and pro-terrorist, and a couple of big, dangerous lies. The first was that the domestic spying program is carefully aimed only at people who are actively working with Al Qaeda, when actually it has violated the rights of countless innocent Americans. And the second was that the Bush team could have prevented the 9/11 attacks if only they had thought of eavesdropping without a warrant.”

The whole editorial, titled “Spies, Lies, and Wiretaps,” is worth reading, especially if you need a primer on the developing ins and outs of this latest administration scandal.

READ MORE:Palace Revolt: Domestic Spying Foes Pushed Out of Bush Administration,” by Daniel Klaidman, Stuart Taylor Jr., and Evan Thomas (Newsweek); “Screw You, Congress--I’ll Do As I Please,” by ReddHedd (FireDogLake); “A Discredit to the GOP” (The Washington Post).

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