Thursday, January 12, 2006


Elizabeth Holtzman wrote in The Nation Like many others, I have been deeply troubled by Bush's breathtaking scorn for our international treaty obligations under the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions.

He actually read what our obligations are, and does not interpret our obligations in an overly broad, liberal manner.
I have also been disturbed by the torture scandals
Al Qaeda trains its people to claim they have been tortured when they have not. The interrogation techniques used against captured terrorists do not meet the legal definition of torture, and very few were even interrogated with harsh measures like waterboarding.
and the violations of US criminal laws at the highest levels of our government they may entail, something I have written about in these pages [see Holtzman, "Torture and Accountability," July 18/25, 2005]. These concerns have been compounded by growing evidence that the President deliberately misled the country into the war in Iraq.
Which he did not do. Some of the intelligence that the Clinton administration and some of our allies believed to be true turned out not to be true, but Bush did not create this false intelligence.
But it wasn't until the most recent revelations that President Bush directed the wiretapping of hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans,
No one knows how many were wiretapped, and it appears they were just people called by al Qaeda. Do you really think that terrorist cells in the US have a right to privacy?
in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
It was not in violation of FISA, they just did not use FISA procedures.
--and argued that, as Commander in Chief, he had the right in the interests of national security to override our country's laws--that I felt the same sinking feeling in my stomach as I did during Watergate.
Then you need to take some Alka-Seltzer. Watergate involved spying on the opposition party for purely political reasons. What Bush is doing is trying to protect the country from another 9/11, and so far he seems to be doing a pretty good job of it. Since 9/11 al Qaeda has attacked Britain, Spain, Jordan, Bali, Australia, and many other places, but it has not hit the US again. Maybe listening on the phone when Al Qaeda calls their cells in the US, and being a bit rough with captured Al Qaeda has helped protect this country.

I know you want to feed the extremists in your party, but if you try something like Impeachment for protecting the country, you will destroy the Democratic Party. So go ahead. Make my day.

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