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FISA Gotcha!
http://www.nationalreview.com/mccarthy/mccarthy200601050715.asp ^ | Andrew McCarthy

Posted on 01/05/2006 4:30:45 AM PST by mal

What if President Bush had actually gone to the court created by the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act?

Imagine if, instead of relying on his own constitutional authority, he had done the thing his detractors now insist he should have done. That is, what if he had actually gone to the FISA court and requested authorization to eavesdrop on Americans suspected of helping al Qaeda wage its terrorist war against the United States?

Now, let's suppose the same brave, anonymous "whistleblowers" — in the same sort of flagrant violation of federal law and of the oath of confidentiality they gave to be trusted with access to the nation's most sensitive information — had instead leaked that program. Let's suppose they had gone to James Risen of the New York Times and told him not about warrantless wiretapping but about a surge in eavesdropping under judicial imprimatur.

Would that FISA compliance have made it all okay? Do you really think there would have been no scandal?

Or, in this climate that it has so tirelessly labored to create, do you think the Times would simply have weaved a different scandal?

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fisa; homelandsecurity; nsa; patriotleak; spying

1 posted on 01/05/2006 4:30:46 AM PST by mal
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To: mal

WOW...what a great post !


2 posted on 01/05/2006 5:06:21 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: mal

It doesn't matter what a conservative does, somewhere there is a liberal journalist and/or politician that will complain.


3 posted on 01/05/2006 5:24:18 AM PST by CPOSharky (Taxation WITH representation kinda sucks too.)
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To: mal

bttt


4 posted on 01/05/2006 4:50:29 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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To: mal
Oh man, this guy NAILS it.

The Dems have it in their heads that Bush must be defeated at any cost.

Treasure, Secrets or National Pride; all will be sacrificed in order to deny Bush a victory, any victory.

A sad testament to a once great Party.

Cheers,

knewshound
5 posted on 01/05/2006 6:05:11 PM PST by knews_hound (Now with two handed typing !)
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To: mal
hmmm...let's see,
President Bush uses 20 year old Technology to spy on terrorist world wide on the war on terror.

President clinton uses,illegally obtained,700 FBI files (which he denied having for over a year in the White House)
to intimidate (extort) members of Congress,the Senate, and ANY other opponent, and now suddenly we have a privacy issue?


Doogle
6 posted on 01/05/2006 7:18:20 PM PST by Doogle (USAF...8thAF...4077th TFW...408th MMS...Ubon Thailand..."69"..Night Line Delivery,AMMO)
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