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Impeachment Hits the News

Jonathan Alter in Newsweek writes: "What is especially perplexing about this story is that the 1978 law set up a special court to approve eavesdropping in hours, even minutes, if necessary. In fact, the law allows the government to eavesdrop on its own, then retroactively justify it to the court, essentially obtaining a warrant after the fact… This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced. [Emphasis added.] Similar abuse of power was part of the impeachment charge brought against Richard Nixon in 1974. In the meantime, it is unlikely that Bush will echo President Kennedy in 1961. After JFK managed to tone down a New York Times story by Tad Szulc on the Bay of Pigs invasion, he confided to Times editor Turner Catledge that he wished the paper had printed the whole story because it might have spared him such a stunning defeat in Cuba. This time, the president knew publication would cause him great embarrassment and trouble for the rest of his presidency. It was for that reason—and less out of genuine concern about national security—that George W. Bush tried so hard to kill the New York Times story."

Crooks and Liars has a video of Alan Dershowitz saying Bush broke the law. Appearing on the Situation Room, Alan slammed King George over the wiretapping scandal.
Wolf: Did the President break the law?
Alan: I think the President broke the law. I think congress should hold hearings...

And another video showing Jonathan Turley saying that President Bush's spying operation is based on a federal crime.
Bill: Professor Turley, how do you see it?
Turley: I don't consider this a close case at all. I think that this operation-ahh-it was based on a federal crime… has published "George W. Bush's Impeachable Offenses."

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Rather than focus on the argument that Bush created wiretapping abilities that were more timely in their response (which we know to be untrue) than FISA, I'm leaning toward the theory that the wiretaps that NSA had proposed were along the lines of MASSIVE DATAMINING rather than against specific individuals. I've heard it called reverse data mining where NSA gathered everything of the moment and then did a sort based on profile/s. FISA wasn't designed, as I undertand it, for that sort of oversight nor would it be a topic that would wash under Congressional scrutiny.

Are you really sure you want Dick Cheney to be President. Or Dennis Hastert? That is what would happen, under the rule of law.

I do not think that impeaching G.W. Bush would do anything to restrain Cheney. He'd probably be quite relieved, asume he had a free hand, and be far more clever at manipulating the public into endorsement of his actions than Bush was.

I hope you think carefully and broadly about what you wish for. It may not be what you want.

Censure, on the other hand does seem like a good idea. That may offer some form of control and may even encourage the terrified and mindless Democrats.

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