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18th-Mar-2006 08:15 am
Countdown: Warrantless physical searches
It never stops with this administration. Turley is up in arms over this one, calling it horrific-saying it removes the 4th amendment from the Constitution. He also rips Congress for laying down like dogs and not even holding serious hearing on the NSA warrantless searches.

Turley: ...the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations unfortunately of this administration-it treats the constitution like some legal technicality, and instead of the thing we're trying to fight to protect.
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"According to Countdown, "US News and World Report will tell us tomorrow that Bush administration lawyers (Torture Yoo and Abu Gonzales presumably) after 9/11 made the case that Bush had the power to engage in warrantless physical searches of terrorism suspects on domestic soil."

mcjoan has a transcript up...

Olbermann: (reading from a U.S. News & World Report press release) "Soon after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, lawyers in the White House and the Justice Department argued that the same legal authority that the same legal authority that allowed warrentless electronic surveillance inside the US, could also be used to justify physical searches of terror suspects homes & businesses without court approval. Doesn't that send chills down your spine?

Turley: Well it does. It's horrific, because what that would constitute is to effectively remove the 4th Amendment from the U.S. Constitution and the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations, unfortunately, of this administration. It treats the Constitution as some legal technicality instead of the thing were trying to fight to protect. Notably, the U.S. News & World Report story says the FBI officals, or some of them apparently, objected... [W]e're seeing a lot of people in the administration with the courage to say "Hold it, this is not what we're supposed to be about. If we're fighting a war, it's a war of self definition and if we start to take whole amendments out of the Constitution in the name of the war on terror-we have to wonder what's left at the end, except victory."...read on

Also, it looks like Abramoff is going to sing like a bird. Quoting georgia10, "And just when the GOP hopes the story died down, BAM!, another sentencing in the summer. Abramoff's rolling sentencing is the gift that keeps on giving."
18th-Mar-2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
18th-Mar-2006 05:55 pm (UTC)

I *so* want to use that on an avatar!!
19th-Mar-2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Just made it!

19th-Mar-2006 04:11 am (UTC)
18th-Mar-2006 04:15 pm (UTC)

You're doing the right thing sounding the horn!

I keep telling people that if they don't start speaking up about the continual removal of our rights we will have none. But so many people are complacent thinking it's not that urgent if it's not hurting them now.

It's much harder to do something *after* they take away our rights.

Stand up and say something people before it's too late. Even letters to your representatives will be heard if enough of us write.

18th-Mar-2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Abramoff's rolling sentencing is the gift that keeps on giving.

Let's not also forget Fitzpatrick's supposed ongoing investigation into the CIA leak - I admit it's been held up for publicity somewhat by Scooter's trial being moved back until AFTER this year's elections, but we can only hope something happens between now and late October ...

A friend and I were discussing an inconsistency the other day and why it might be. She was pointing out how allegedly worried Republican congresscriters are about the stuff Bush is doing because of elections this year (the ports deal, Iraq, wiretapping, etc.), and that maybe it means Diebold *hasn't* fixed the coming election (like it did in 2004) after all. But then yesterday, she was ranting that Congress is still voting on what Bush wants when it comes down the wire, and she was puzzled by the gap between their public worry in the media, and their actual *actions.*

"Well," says I, "you said it yourself the other day: If they didn't have anything to worry about, if it was fixed anyway, they can do what they want with impunity."

"Oh, God," she replies. "I did, didn't I?..."

(Filed under "things that make you go 'hmmmm'")
20th-Mar-2006 10:14 am (UTC)
How many tears do I have to shed for the state of this country? I'm starting to lose hope that I can effect any change by fighting at all.
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