Don’t let this issue get swept under the rug like every other crime this administration has committed.
For years, Bush (and Cheney) have defended the Patriot Act, by saying that fears are unfounded, because wiretaps would require court orders and warrants.
Bush, on April 19th, 2004: “..Everything you hear about requires court order, requires there to be permission from a FISA court, for example.”
Bush, on the very next day, April 20th, 2004: “Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. (….) Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so.”
Bush, on July 14th, 2004: “A couple of things that are very important for you to understand about the Patriot Act. First of all, any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order. In other words, the government can’t move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order. What the Patriot Act said is let’s give our law enforcement the tools necessary, without abridging the Constitution of the United States, the tools necessary to defend America.”
Cheney, at a Kansas City appearance in June 2004, where he said that “all of the investigative tools” under the law “require the approval of a judge before they can be carried out. And similar statutes have been on the book for years, and tested in the courts, and found to be constitutional.”
These were all things that were said while the motherfuckers KNEW that they had ordered surveillance with no warrants, and had done since 2002.
Tell everyone you know. Call your Representatives and Senators. Write to the local newspaper. Don’t let the administration get away with ANOTHER crime, and don’t let the Media help them dodge the issue by re-framing the issue. For example– No questions like “Should the President be allowed unusual authority in the post-9/11 world, or should he give in to political pressure?” Mark my words….this is how it will start being framed. I can see it coming.
Enough is enough.