Thursday, January 05, 2006

Constitution and Wiretap

The court of review, apparently a stickler for such things, said the FISA "court did not provide any constitutional basis for its action – we think there is none – and misconstrued the main statutory provision on which it relied." Besides that, it was world-class jurisprudence. By effectively trying to micromanage the Justice Department, the decision continued, "the FISA court may well have exceeded [its] constitutional bounds."

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Every administration, liberal or conservative, has claimed this warrantless surveillance power, and no court has ever denied it. The FISA court of review explained, citing the 14th Circuit's 1980 decision in a case involving the surveillance of a Vietnamese spy named David Truong, "The Truong court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information." The court added, "We take it for granted that the President does have that authority."

Fascinating to see that what everyone else can do, Bush cannot. I do fail to understand the hatred.

EDIT -- added link at TWA's request on Friday night

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