BUSH AUTHORIZED ILLEGAL WIRETAPS OF US CITIZENS
It's pretty clear that George W. Bush has committed thousands of felonies that undermine our constitutional
form of government. On December 17, 2005, Bush admitted that he has authorized illegal wiretaps on American
citizens. These wiretaps violate every citizen's rights under the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
These illegal wiretaps are also felonies under the FISA Act of 1978.
With reckless abandon and disregard of the rule of law, the Christian-in Chief has continued his illegal activities.
The Vice-President, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and the Director of the CIA are his willing accomplices
and are similarly guitly of numerous felonies.
Some republicans recognize that Bush is EXERCISING THE POWERS OF A DICTATOR
and flaunting the law, but their silence is proof that they are complicit in his acts.
The Separation of Powers doctrine that is the cornerstone of our Constitution has failed. The republicans
that control the Congress are dishonorable partisans who are unwilling to challenge the abuse of our system only because the
president is one of their own kind. It is so tragic and ironic that a failed businessman with little brain has
been able to do more harm to our form of government than a civil war or two world wars.
Just a few years ago, the very republicans that fail to act in the face of blatant illegal and impeachable conduct tried
to impeach a democratic president who had not committed any crimes that met the constitutional test for impeachment.
The Supreme Court is also a joke. It is controlled by appointees of the president and his father. The majority's
loyalties lie not with the great history of our legal tradition, but with the tawdry politics of class, religion and racism.
Legal Background of Wiretaps
In a famous Supreme Court case, President Nixon was caught spying on U. S. citizens by
tapping their phones without court approval. The Supreme Court held that the President of the United States
could not authorize the government to intercept (wiretap) telephone conversations of United States citizens without
a court order even if the reasons for doing so were for national security. Apparently, our incredibly ill-advised
and intellectually-impaired president thinks he is above the law. Incredibly, he announced that he will continue
to violate the law and our constitutional rights!
After Nixon resigned, the United States Congress passed a law known as the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. This Act essentially does two things. First, it makes
it clear that it is a crime (an impeachable offense) to "listen in" or authorize wiretaps on telephone conversations without
a court order. Second, it makes it very easy for the President to obtain the authority to wiretap as long
as he applies for a warrant. In fact, the law allows the President to authorize wiretaps immediately as long as he seeks
court approval within 3 days of starting the wiretap. The act also created a special "secret court" where
the president could get the court authority he needs.
The President's Worthless Defense of His Illegal Acts
Bush's and Cheney's statements that they do not have the ability to get authority quickly enough
to intercept calls that relate to terrorist threats are just a lie! This authority existed before 9/11 and before the
Patriot Act. This raises yet another question. Why didn't Bush and Cheney use their authority
to intercept conversations that would have prevented the 9/11 attacks?
Impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney is the only way to stop the insane duo. Apparently,
these former CEOs neither understand the Constitution or respect it.
They must be impeached to save the republic, the rule of law and our beloved Constitution.
The crimes Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, and Hayden have committed exceed anything that Clinton, Nixon, or
Andrew Johnson. Here, they have knowingly and willingly broken federal law. There is no turning back
or apologies. These people must be punished for their illegal acts!
UPDATE OF DECEMBER 21, 2005
We have now heard from Attorney General "torture-boy" Gonzales that the Bush administration determined that the
wiretaps were legal. Not only is this false, it is an absurd legal conclusion. Gonzales claims that when
the Congress authorized Bush to use force against "terrorists" that Congress authorized illegal wiretapping.
Second, Bush claims that he is allowed to spy on Americans because we are at war. What a joke, the so-called War on Terror
will never end and thus Bush claims that every American President will now have the authority to spy on citizens at will
and without receiving court authority. This is outlandish.
It has been reported today, 12/21/05, in the New York Times that George W. Bush lied in his
statements to the American people on December 17th, 18th, and 19th when he said that only international calls with terrorist
suspects were intercepted. The paper reports that calls between Americans in the United States were
also intercepted without court approval. These actions are exactly the actions that were declared illegal when
Nixon was spying on United States citizens.
It has also been reported today that the Congress specifically rejected Bush's attempt to get authority that might
allow the wiretaps. On September 14, 2001, Bush tried to get the authority to do anything he wanted to "deter and prevent
any related future acts of terrorism and aggression against the United States." Members from both parties
objected that the language was too broad.
"It would have given him authority to do anything he wanted, anytime, anywhere,"
recalls Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. The wording was revised.
The version passed said: "The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate
force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist
attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons."
Thus the president has lied yet again. The grant of authority
is to use force and does not speak of wire taps. How much longer must we put up with this American Dictator!
The call for impeachment is getting louder and louder!