Expose and Prosecute the Leakers

by Mike on December 30, 2005

in Politics

It looks like the DOJ is investigating the source of the NSA leaks. Assuming they follow through, Michelle Malkin offers her predictions of the left’s reactions.

As for me, I predict the left will accuse President Bush of persecuting them for exercising their right to dissent. Don’t be surprised if this rhetoric is peppered with comparisons to fascism. Then when conservatives accuse the left of over the top rhetoric, people like Alan Colmes will claim that its only the liberal fringe comparing the President to Hitler. Then the elected Democrats will dutifully hold strategy sessions and conference calls with the “liberal fringe“. These Democrat antics could be classified as unintentional comedy but for the fact their behavior endangers national security.

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Slikweasel December 30, 2005 at 4:33 pm

You seem to be missing the fact that the Bush administration is throwing the constitution out the window. You are probably right about the liberal response, but who cares both sides are full of shit anyway.

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Sal December 30, 2005 at 5:02 pm

Sounds like you need a lesson in Constitutional Law, Silkweasel. The fourth amendment to the Constitution is the relevant clause deailing with searches. The amendment reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

This has to do with the authority to search property. In the last 50 years, the Supreme Court has extended this to include wiretaps. The fourt amendment exists for the purpose of criminal proceedings, not national security interests. The court has consistantly upheld that the President has the authority to monitor communications for non-criminal activity related national security purposes without a warrant. Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, and Clinton all signed executive orders authorizing similar types of activity for national security purposes. In fact, Project Eschelon, which was started under President Clinton, created the computer monitoring of all communications worldwide. The monitoring of communication with known terrorists (which is what we are talking about here) in a time of war is not prohibited by the fourth amendment. Bush is not “throwing the constitution out the window” but rather relying on a long-standing precident of execitive authority to protect the people of this country and prevent threats.

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