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The ideas in this blog are not original, but taken from an article by R.V.Scheide. http://www.newsreview.com/chico/Content?oid=706133

George Bush and the Constitutional Crisis:

1) In the Constitution, the president has found license to “detain” prisoners of war and suspected terrorists indefinitely, including U.S. citizens, without legal recourse or contact with the outside world. When confessions were not forthcoming, the Bush legal team found justification for torturing detainees, conflicting with U.S. and international law. The powers vested in the “unitary executive” even allow Bush to violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and eavesdrop on the telephone and Internet conversations of American citizens.

2) When weapons inspectors and other intelligence sources reported that Iraq had no discernible weapons-of-mass-destruction program and no known connections to Al Qaeda, administration officials from the president on down conjured facts out of thin air, generated false intelligence reports from the vice president’s Office of Special Plans and disseminated bogus WMD stories to willing mainstream media outlets, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Although easily debunked, the propaganda worked on a nation still trying to decipher Homeland Security’s color-coded terrorist-attack warning system. In October 2002, a cowed Congress granted Bush his second authorization to use military force, this time against Iraq.

3)Last month’s debate over the proposed amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act offered yet another case in point. The FISA controversy began in late 2005, when The New York Times disclosed that the National Security Agency, with the complicity of the major telecommunications carriers, had launched a massive new electronic-surveillance program after 9/11 that may have violated the privacy of millions of American citizens without obtaining warrants as required by statute.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2006, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez testified that the administration “commenced down this road five years ago because of a belief that we could not do what we felt was necessary to protect this country under FISA. That is why the president relied upon his inherent authority under the Constitution.”

Except, of course, the president has no inherent constitutional authority to break the laws of the United States anytime he feels like it.

These are three excerpts from this article. I'd advise all citizens to read it. We could be next.



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