Given This Congress, So What? [2:29 pm]
I mean, what’s it going to take to get Congress to decide that we elected them to do their jobs, rather than meekly accede to whatever illegalities the Executive wishes to undertake? Ruling Limited Spying Efforts — pdf
A federal intelligence court judge earlier this year secretly declared a key element of the Bush administration’s wiretapping efforts illegal, according to a lawmaker and government sources, providing a previously unstated rationale for fevered efforts by congressional lawmakers this week to expand the president’s spying powers.
[...] “It clearly shows that Congress has been playing with half a deck,” said Jim Dempsey, policy director for the Center for Democracy and Technology. “The administration is asking lawmakers to vote on a very important piece of legislation based upon selective declassification of intelligence.”
As I said, so what’s new? Look at the example we’re setting — compare and contrast: Bush officials use soldiers case to argue for new spy powers (pdf) and Zimbabwe passes law to monitor communications (pdf). I mean, Mugabe’s other policies have been such a success, I’m sure that our government will happily eventually copy him in other respects as well.