Monday, February 06, 2006

"No one knows how many innocnet Americans have had their privacy violated" (Jimmy Carter)

"Under the Bush administration, there's been a disgraceful and illegal decision -- we're not going to the let the judges or the Congress or anyone else know that we're spying on the American people," Carter told reporters. "And no one knows how many innocent Americans have had their privacy violated under this secret act."

Who said that? Jimmy Carter. From the Kathleen Hennessey's "Ex-President Carter: Eavesdropping Illegal" (Associated Press):

The former president also rebuked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for telling Congress that the spying program is authorized under Article 2 of the Constitution and does not violate the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act passed during Carter's administration. Gonzales made the assertions in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which began investigating the eavesdropping program Monday.
"It's a ridiculous argument, not only bad, it's ridiculous. Obviously, the attorney general who said it's all right to torture prisoners and so forth is going to support the person who put him in office. But he's a very partisan attorney general and there's no doubt that he would say that," Carter said. "I hope that eventually the case will go to the Supreme Court. I have no doubt that when it's over, the Supreme Court will rule that Bush has violated the law."

That's it for tonight. Blogger/Blogspot's going down in about an hour. Oh, quickly, Dominick wondered what was wrong with calling Gonzales "General"?

Bobby Kennedy went by "General." Others have as well. Bully Boy and his administration are attempting to paint their warrantless spying as part of the so-called war on terror. Calling him "General" (my opinion and that of others when Kennedy used the term) is that it backs up the so-called war argument.

Outside of that, speaking only for me, I don't care for it. You are the Attorney General. In a civilian branch of a government. You should never be called "General." You are over law enforcement, not serving in the military. The job title is "Attorney General." Cheney's job title is "vice-president." Though some may argue he's calling the shots, he's not usually addressed as "President." My opinion, quit militarizing a civilian government.

That's my opinion always on the title; however, there was a shaking of heads when Kennedy used the term because it was playing into their "Why We Spy" argument (that it's because we're at "war").

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