Thursday, July 03, 2008

Matthew Yglesias is worried

Matthew Yglesias blogged I don't think anyone can seriously dispute that the current President of the United States violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or any number of legal commitments to refrain from torture.

I dispute both.

He did not violate FISA, which affects surveillance between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers". The communication he intercepted were between people outside the US, but the communication channels went through the US, and they were communications by enemies of the US in a time of war after we were attached on 9/11.

And waterboarding is not torture. If you want to see torture see what Saddam did to his own citizens.

No comments: