An etherealgirl's Adventures in Cyberland

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

snoopgate: just another scandalous day in Bu$hAmerika

Halleluajah, both finals have been completed and that behemoth of a final project is finally done as well!!!

But while I've been in my little bubble, the news apparently has been very ominous indeed. Still there is every reason to believe that the latest scandal from the Bush Administration has resulted in the final over-reach and maybe, just maybe, the final nail in the collective coffin of this ethically-challenged bunch of miscreants.

Just read Jonathan Alter's editorial covering Bush's Snoopgate via Truthout.

I think maybe the Gate on this one has just swung shut, nice and tightly. Oh, If only it were the door to a jail cell....

Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate - he made it seem as if those who didn't agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda - but it will not work. We're seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

No wonder Bush was so desperate that The New York Times not publish its story on the National Security Agency eavesdropping on American citizens without a warrant, in what lawyers outside the administration say is a clear violation of the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. I learned this week that on December 6, Bush summoned Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and executive editor Bill Keller to the Oval Office in a futile attempt to talk them out of running the story. The Times will not comment on the meeting, but one can only imagine the president's desperation.

Read the rest here.

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