Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Spying criticism different for Democrats vs. Republicans

Now, we all know, and see every day, that the media is incapable of seeing its own extreme bias in their news reporting, and here's just another example of how they reeeally believe they're just exposing a blockbuster story that, once again, portrays Bush as, well, just evil....spying on our own citizens without a court order. They would have you believe it's never been done before, it's clearly unconstitutional and just plain not right. Even if it's truly only used to fight the war on terror.....ah, well, Bush is still bad and he should be impeached...blah,blah,blah.

And then there are these little pearls from the past:

23 May 1979 (Jimmy Carter)

By the authority vested in me as President by Sections 102 and

104 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C.

1802 and 1804), in order to provide as set forth in that Act (this

chapter) for the authorization of electronic surveillance for

foreign intelligence purposes, it is hereby ordered as follows:

1-101. Pursuant to Section 102(a)(1) of the Foreign Intelligence

Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1802(a)), the Attorney General

is authorized to approve electronic surveillance to acquire foreign
intelligence information without a court order, but only if the

Attorney General makes the certifications required by that Section.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 12949 (Clinton)

Section 1. Pursuant to section 302(a)(1) of the Act, the

Attorney General is authorized to approve physical searches, without a
court order, to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of

up to one year, if the Attorney General makes the certifications

required by that section.

There are other examples, of course, but the point is really about disclosure, bias, politics,and insider Washington perpetual maneuvering. As far as the NYTimes and the Democrat party are concerned, it's apparently more important to "get" Bush than win the war. This is easily politics at its absolute worse.

More on this subject at
"The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes," Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 14, 1994, "and that the President may, as has been done, delegate this authority to the Attorney General."

"It is important to understand," Gorelick continued, "that the rules and methodology for criminal searches are inconsistent with the collection of foreign intelligence and would unduly frustrate the president in carrying out his foreign intelligence responsibilities."

More here via Cato Institute:
The Clinton administration has repeatedly attempted to play down the significance of the warrant clause. In fact, President Clinton has asserted the power to conduct warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping.

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