Saturday, December 17, 2005

Do Not Pass Go!

The President is a Criminal.

via atrios...
Feingold Statements

Portions of a statement/fact sheet he's released:
“The President's shocking admission that he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens, without going to a court and in violation of the Constitution and laws passed by Congress, further demonstrates the urgent need for these protections. The President believes that he has the power to override the laws that Congress has passed. This is not how our democratic system of government works. The President does not get to pick and choose which laws he wants to follow. He is a president, not a king."

* FISA makes it a crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to conduct electronic surveillance except as provided for by statute. The only defense is for law government agents engaged in official duties conducting “surveillance authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order.” [50 U.S.C. § 1809]

* Congress has specifically stated, in statute, that the criminal wiretap statute and FISA “shall be the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance . . . and the interception of domestic wire, oral, and electronic communications may be conducted.” [18 U.S.C. § 2518(f)]

"If someone committed a crime, they will no longer be in my administration," Bush
Buh Bye!

(related posts)
Hey Chimpy, Here's A Purple Finger For Ya
Why didn't the NY Times publish the domestic spying story last year...before the election?

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