18 December 2005

More impeachment fodder

In case you haven't heard yet, the Bush administration has been spying on citizens without a warrant. There are stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Here's the Times:

President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years ...

Yes, “presidential order” means Bush's actual signature on an actual piece of paper. And Hilzoy reminds us

This is against the law.
Bush's order is arguably unconstitutional as well: it seems to violate the fourth amendment, and it certainly violates the requirement (Article II, sec. 3) that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

This is what impeachment is for, folks. Follow the link to Hilzoy's article and you'll see that though she has hesitated to say “impeachment,” now it's time.


hilzoy said...

Thanks. But I'm not a he.

Jonathan Korman said...

D'oh! In my first draft, I accused you of being Kevin Drum by mistake --- I didn't catch the pronoun in the fix! I'm not sure which is the worse faux pas, but both are corrected now.