In the aftermath of revelations about President Bush’s use of wiretaps without a warrant and without consent, it has been mentioned that President Clinton permitted the interception of millions of phone calls and emails under a secret project called Echelon.
Clinton’s malfeasance does not justify Bush’s actions. Didn’t we learn as children that two wrongs do not make a right?
Perhaps Bush’s actions are symptomatic of the police state the US has become in the view of whoever resides in the people’s White House.
It has also been claimed that the disclosure of Bush’s wiretaps has aided the enemy and let them know what the US is up to. Huh? While attacking the messenger is a common tactic to try and deflect attention, this has to go down as one of the dumbest arguments the government has made this last year. Even if a warrant to wiretap had been properly obtained it would be secret and unknown to those being investigated.
The problem is not wiretapping conversations of those communicating with terrorists. That can be done in a legal manner and the law provides the mechanism for keeping those actions secret. The problem is making the wiretaps in an unlawful manner.
President Bush has said Article II of the US Constitution gives him that authority because he is the Commander in Chief. Evidently, Mr. Bush has never read the constitution. Article II states as pertinent:
“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States….” Bush is not Commander in Chief of the United States as he claims. He commands the army. The President can only be Commander in Chief of the people, self-assuming the mantle of doing whatever he wants in the name of protecting as a parent his children the people, if this is a police state.