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05/19/2006 Archived Entry: "Hayden, Fourth Amendment, and the last shreds of our freedom"

DISHEARTENING, LISTENING TO MICHAEL HAYDEN'S HEARINGS yesterday. Every since late last year when the NSA warrantless wiretapping program hit the media, Busheviks and their lackeys have asserted over and over, "the program is legal, the program fully complies with the law." Now they're doing the same about the warrantless data-mining of phone-call records (when they deign to admit it's actually happening). "The program is legal, the program fully complies with the law."

As if mere assertion makes it so. Ah well, Goebbels understood that mere assertion might as well make it so.

Sometimes they add that such things are okay because relevant members of Congress have been briefed. Yeah. As if making the Star Chamber a little larger makes everything okay. And then there are lines like those of Republicrat Intelligence Committee member Pete Hoekstra: "I am not aware of any reason to believe that the program is not in full compliance with the Constitution and the laws of the United States."

Uh. Yeah. Not aware.

For almost six months, I've been listening to the coverage, waiting for some journalist or commentator to ask, "Where in the Fourth Amendment do you find authorization for warrantless searches?" Not a single one has. In fact, the words "Fourth Amendment" have been almost entirely absent from the discussion.

Not a word about the highest law of the land. Not a word.

Then Pat Roberts, the toadying Republicrat head of the committee quizzing Hayden finally comes up with the magic words "Fourth Amendment." Read and weep.

The fact we have not had another tragedy like 9/11 is no accident. But today in Congress and throughout Washington, leaks and misinformation are endangering our efforts. Bin Laden, Zarqawi and their followers must be rejoicing.

We cannot get to the point where we are unilaterally disarming ourselves in the war against terror. If we do, it will be game, set, match Al Qaida.

Remember Khobar Towers, Beirut, the USS Cole, embassy attacks, the two attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, 9/11, and attacks worldwide and more to come, if our efforts are compromised.

I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment and civil liberties. But you have no civil liberties if you are dead.

Right. The mere requirement of showing probable cause and getting a warrant -- even a warrant from a phony rubber-stamping court like FISA -- supports terrorism. If you want real liberty, submit, obey, and bow as the government does anything it wants.

Posted by Claire @ 02:17 PM CST

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