Originally posted by addabox
So if the president can authorize extra-legal domestic spying just cause he thinks it's a good idea and the answer to concerns is "I have to be free to do what I want to save American lives" (with the unspoken addendum "You have to trust me, of course the government would never abuse its power"), then why have any laws at all?
I think your Bush-Hate is getting the best of you.In the weeks following the terrorist attacks on our nation, I authorized the National Security Agency, consistent with U.S. law and the Constitution, to intercept the international communications of people with known links to al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations. Before we intercept these communications, the government must have information that establishes a clear link to these terrorist networks.
So a foreign power or party sends people acting in their interest into our country. This is of course possible because of our lax immigration controls and wide open borders. We intercept international communications coming into these parties and it is now a "domestic matter" where foreign terrorists are afforded the same Constitutional rights as citizens while trying to kill said citizens.
If we are obliged to simply "trust" the president to do what's right, and he can do whatever he wants, then we're clearly wasting time with this whole "check and balances", "rule of law", and "constitution" thing.
Perhaps you should read that document you proclaim to hold so dear. Understanding it might help your case.
If we're serious about fighting terrorism, we should just proclaim Bush Suprmeme Protector of the Virtue of the Fatherland, give him carte blanch, and be done with it, right?
Because that's what's happening, and that's what anyone who cares to defend this is defending.
You're ranting to hard again and starting to get spittle on yourself.
Why leave it at the federal level? Everyone agrees crime is bad; I have a much better chance of being killed by a street crime than being killed by terrorists.
Why make any distinctions at all? I mean I'm sure all our troops didn't get warrents when they broke into various homes that they were returning fire against them or even breaking into them to kill the enemy. Why note that war policies and police policies or citizens and enemy combatants are different.
Messy distictions like those I just mentioned just get in the way of the hate. It is so much easier to hate and rant when you don't have to think at all.
The rest of your nonsense isn't worth my time. I already feel like an idiot for even devoting this much to your nonsense.