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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, April 03, 2006

Senator Russ Feingold.....CENSURED!

"Our greatest priority in this country is fighting the terrorist elements that attacked us on September 11, but when the president breaks the law and doesn't admit that he's broken the law, and then advances theories about being able to override the law on torture, and having a pre-emptive doctrine of war, what he's trying to do is change the nature of our government," the Wisconsin Democrat said on Fox News Sunday. "He's trying to turn our presidency into an imperial presidency. So this is one of the greatest challenges in our history, to Congress, to stand up and make sure we still have the rule of law and checks and balances. That's actually why it's more significant than the very serious events that occurred at Watergate."
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Unfortunately individuals like Willam Kristol of the Weekly Standard, and Chris Wallace, given the opportunity to challenge this come up short, even defending Feingolds political savvy. Why doesn't anyone ask Mr. Feingold to get off the rhetoric and be specific. What laws did President Bush break? Be specific. Provide statutes.
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Feingold said his criticism is not that criminal laws were being broken, or the "day-to-day problems faced by President Nixon," but he said Mr. Bush is treating the presidency as a monarchy. Mr. Feingold said, he will insist on a censure vote. "Of course I want a vote. The president has broken the law," he said.
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A panel of former Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Bush did not act illegally when he created, by executive order, a wiretapping program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA).
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The five judges testifying before the committee said they could not speak specifically to the NSA listening program without being briefed on it, but that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act does not override the president's constitutional authority to spy on suspected international agents under executive order.
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"If a court refuses a FISA application and there is not sufficient time for the president to go to the court of review, the president can under executive order act unilaterally, which he is doing now," said Judge Allan Kornblum, magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida and an author of the 1978 FISA Act. "I think that the president would be remiss exercising his constitutional authority by giving all of that power over to a statute."
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Judge Kornblum said before the 1978 FISA law, foreign surveillance was done by executive order and the law itself was altered by the orders of Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan.
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We have the author of the FISA Act defending actions by the President of the United States and one irresponsible senator, with Presidential aspirations, grandstanding on Sunday talk shows and spreading misinformation. Politics, sad to say, as usual. The "professionals" missed the opportunity to pin Feingold down for specifics but let him walk away unscathed.
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