Friday, December 30, 2005

White House Anxious To Find Out Who Revealed Illegal Wiretapping and Spying

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Gonzales, when not defending torture and while goofing around Karl Rove, leaker of all leakers of classified information, is now suddenly anxious to intimidate all government employees to keep them from leaking information vital to our democracy. Spying on Americans without warrant is 100% illegal since day one in the USA. Got that, Gonzales?

From Yahoo:
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program.

The inquiry focuses on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

The Times revealed the existence of the program two weeks ago in a front-page story that acknowledged the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.

White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Justice undertook the action on its own, and the president was informed of it on Friday.
This has got to be the goofiest investigation yet. After all, Bush has known about the leak for an entire year! A year! Besides, and I wish the media would get this right but they won't, leaking information about illegal actions in our government is a good thing protected by "whistle-blower" laws! If one knows the President is breaking the law and hides it, they are then co-conspiritors! This means, criminals.

Of course, Bush is no stranger to handcuffs. He was often caught by the cops only to be let loose again by daddy's buddies in the system. But he has a long record of being a criminal mind who believes laws are to be flaunted.

Therefore, arrest Bush again! And this time, don't let him out on bail!

Speaking about illegal stuff, the torture allegations are growing apace. The web is all abuzz over the letters/cables published by whistle-blower from England, former amassador to Uzbekistan, home of cooking victims of the state in cauldrons, he took this "classified" information and made it public on the web and dared Blair to arrest him. Since the mainstream media didn't want to tangle with the dictator of Downing Street, he had the charming idea of letting us bloggers disseminate the information which is here: Craig Murry's webpage.

It is important reading. For one problem with many of Bush's prosecutions (persecutions) is it is illegal both in the Geneva Conventions and the good old scrap of paper called the Constitution, to use information gathered from torture in trials. Already, some lawyers are filling protests in court over this. Obviously, our war on terror is trembling on the edge of collapse and is falling faster than the WTC.

The forgotten war in Afghanistan roars on, two more soldiers blown up there today. In Iraq, the attacks on the oil refineries has nearly shut down the country which seeths with fundamentalist rage.

Meanwhile, the Valerie Plame affair continues to churn onwards with Fitzgerald hauling sundry neo-cons and con-men before his Grand Jury. And Watergate bigwig, John Dean, pipes up to remind us why Nixon was forced out of office. From Writnews:
On Friday, December 16, the New York Times published a major scoop by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: They reported that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Americans without warrants, ignoring the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

It was a long story loaded with astonishing information of lawbreaking at the White House. It reported that sometime in 2002, Bush issued an executive order authorizing NSA to track and intercept international telephone and/or email exchanges coming into, or out of, the U.S. - when one party was believed to have direct or indirect ties with al Qaeda.

Initially, Bush and the White House stonewalled, neither confirming nor denying the president had ignored the law. Bush refused to discuss it in his interview with Jim Lehrer.

Then, on Saturday, December 17, in his radio broadcast, Bush admitted that the New York Times was correct - and thus conceded he had committed an impeachable offense.

There can be no serious question that warrantless wiretapping, in violation of the law, is impeachable. After all, Nixon was charged in Article II of his bill of impeachment with illegal wiretapping for what he, too, claimed were national security reasons.
Yup. Bush admitted to committing a crime and is unrepentant and has unleashed his baying hounds in the media to scream that this is OK. Arrest him. Put him in the pokey. Send him to Uzbekistan. Send him to Bagdad where he can stand trial with Saddam. Heck, send him to Mars. He did say he wanted to go there.
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