"To live outside the law..."
"Under the Bush administration, there's been a disgraceful and illegal decision---we're not going to let the judges or the Congress or anyone else know that we're spying on the American people," thus spake the 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, to reporters at a union hall outside Las Vegas today where his oldest son announced his bid for senator.
Mr. Carter ought to know a little something about the FISA law our current commander-in-chief is trying to get around. After all, it was passed, in 1978, on his watch, and the former president is ready, willing, and able to testify before the Judiciary Committee, if invited, as to its intent which was to protect us from the kind of warrantless searches that have been visited upon us by this administration.
Jimmy spoke out, too, against Attorney General Gonzales' argument that the surveillance program is authorized under Article 2 of the Constitution. And you thought Howard Dean had moxie---whoa! The former president said that Mr. Gonzales' attempt at rationalizing spying is "ridiculous," but what do we expect from someone who tries to manipulate torture so that it falls within the law. Jeez, Louise--talk about stretch marks!
Go figure, I thought it was only the New Testament these Neo-Con men had trouble with. It seems they need to take Constitution 101 all over again, too. The good news is that they'll have plenty of time---after 2008!
As a line in the Bob Dylan song goes," but to live outside the law, you must be honest, I know you always say that you agree, but where are you tonight, Sweet Marie?"