Friday, January 27, 2006

Having It Both Ways

[[A R G U M E N T S]] * Joseph Hughes, the mastermind behind the blog Hughes for America, makes an excellent point today regarding George W. Bush’s insistence that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which was created as a means to prevent unregulated intelligence surveillance by the federal government, is so out of date that he’s having to circumvent it. Hughes begins by quoting something Bush said during yesterday’s press conference:
Secondly, the FISA law was written in 1978. We’re having this discussion in 2006. It’s a different world.
To which Hughes retorts, “Well, if he’s so willing to admit his wanton disregard for laws written in the past, why wasn’t this the follow-up question: ‘Mr. President, you say the FISA law was written in 1978 and that we’re in a different world now, but wasn’t the U.S. Constitution, a document you have repeatedly gone on record asking for a strict interpretation of, written more than two centuries ago?’”


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