Saturday, January 21, 2006

losing all credibility

Karen Breitweiser (one of the people that Glen Beck hates) destroys Bush's rational for illegally spying on Americans:

Now we find the Bush Administration carrying out illegal surveillance on U.S. citizens who are allegedly receiving phone calls from al Qaeda. We are told that these individuals are so dangerous and so in the midst of plotting attacks against us, there is simply no time for the Bush Administration to adhere to the law and secure judicial approval (even 72 hours after the fact) for their surveillance.

One would assume that the targets of the NSA program would be defined by the Bush Administration as "al Qaeda sleeper cells living inside the United States." One would also assume, then, that the Bush Administration's justification for ignoring U.S. constitutional law, if it is valid, would mean that these individuals are currently in the process of planning, preparing, or committing terrorist attacks against this country in the near future. In essence, the targets are so bad, so dangerous, so lethal that there is simply no time to follow the law--a law that is set up in a manner to facilitate such surveillance; and a law that rarely requires the secret court to turn down any requests to carryout such surveillance.

So, why is President Bush letting these sleeper cells stay here? Why is President Bush giving them any opportunity to carryout their plans of attack? Doesn't he understand how dire the situation is? Surely, he must.

Even prior to the release of bin Laden's recent audiotape threatening an imminent attack, I could not understand why these "highly dangerous sleeper cells" were permitted by President Bush to remain inside the United States to even receive such ongoing phone calls from al Qaeda. If they are that bad and dangerous--so bad in fact that President Bush doesn't even have enough time to notify anyone--then they must really be on the verge of committing a terrorist act, right? So, why are they still here? Bin Laden's audiotape just makes the question burn even more in my mind. Have we not learned any lessons from 9/11 about letting the line out too long on surveillance of sleeper cells?

I want to know why President Bush does not attach "enemy combatant status" to such individuals and kick them the heck out of our country NOW...before they can perpetrate another 9/11. End of story.


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