When President Bush mentioned last April that a court order was required for a wiretap, he forgot to mention that a court order cannot be obtained for domestic communications. Under President Carter, the Attorney General could approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information without a court order as long as it did not involve “the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party.” That’s important. It means that the government cannot eavesdrop on our conversations without a warrant, as long as the conversation is taking place on United States soil. Under President Clinton, the Attorney General could approve physical searches to aquire foreign intelligence information without a court order as long as they did not involve “the premises, information, material, or property of a United States person.” This is also important. It means that the government cannot search our houses, cars, records, etc…, without a warrant as long as they are on United States soil. President Bush authorized searches or surveillance of American citizens on United States soil, which is against the law. Presidents Clinton and Carter did not “do it, too”. The Drudge Report didn’t quite get it right.
Throughout this administration I’ve been wondering when all this will start catching up with the President and his boy Dick, and it’s beginning. It didn’t look good for them when there were no weapons of mass destruction. They did a pretty good job of not playing the blame game when it came to the CIA leaks. They even managed to convince people that they did not feel they were “above the law” in the torture arena. But this wire tapping thing, this is serious. But finally, a judge is so disgusted that he has quit. The new President of Bolivia called our President a terrorist. A senator is suggesting censure. I wouldn’t mind hearing calls for impeachment, but I can wait until after the holidays.