Thursday, December 22, 2005

Übercon whacks Bush

When überconservatives like Ronald Reagan's associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein make comments like this, you know that Shrub is in trouble:

President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law. He cannot be trusted to conduct the war against global terrorism with a decent respect for civil liberties and checks against executive abuses. Congress should swiftly enact a code that would require Mr. Bush to obtain legislative consent for every counterterrorism measure that would materially impair individual freedoms.

Here's hoping that the US Congress gives Americans a generous set of constitutional presents for Christmas: appointing a Special Prosecutor to investigate Shrub; setting up a joint Congressional Committee of Inquiry; and enacting the law that Fein suggests. Otherwise we can expect continued contempt for the Constitution and the United States of America from its President.

...there are no checks on NSA errors or abuses, the hallmark of a rule of law as opposed to a rule of men. Truth and accuracy are the first casualties of war. President Bush assured the world Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion. He was wrong. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Americans of Japanese ancestry were security threats to justify interning them in concentration camps during World War II. He was wrong. President Lyndon Johnson maintained communists masterminded and funded the massive Vietnam War protests in the United States. He was wrong. To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan's remark to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, President Bush can be trusted in wartime, but only with independent verification.

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