Let's face it - if the news broke that Bush ate infants these people would immediately post recipes for BBQ Baby-ribs and swear they had been eating it for years!
How do free societies become unfree societies? One step at a time...Naturally, many people will jump to defend the administration, pointing out that, "you know, terrorists and evildoers and national security and what're you, some kind of traitor who wants another 9/11?" They'll continue making that argument until, say, Hillary Clinton ascends to the White House and it occurs to them that, hey, maybe giving the Executive Branch near-unlimited power to reinterpret and/or flaunt the laws might not be such a great idea after all.Nicely put, Jon.
My own reaction to the NSA spying on home soil is "Quelle suprise!". Maybe it's coming from Britain, where the intelligence agencies do their spying thing pretty much away from meaningful oversight, that does it. Sure, there are laws about warrants and stuff but warrants get rubber-stamped if a national intelligence agency is asking for them. Even if they don't bother getting a warrant, how often do we the sheepul actually find that bothersome fact out? Plus, we all know Bush has been watching Sly Stallone in "Judge Dredd" and proclaimed to his legal eagles "I am The Law! Now prove it!" And even once they get caught being naughty, what exactly are we supposed to do about it? Who has the power to arrest a sitting President for breaking the law? Or his cabinet or intelligence agency bigwigs? Who is ever going to find out the names of the individuals who allegedly actually did the taps that broke the law so that they can be questioned or charged? No-one. Can anyone stop this kind of chit happening? Nope. Welcome to the Brave New World. Its depressing as hell but life goes on.
But at least halting the march of the Patriot Act stops it getting worse with greater ease.
Oh, Drudge says the timing of the NYT report was all about that great American value so beloved of Republicans - money! So that's the tinfoil-wrapped Malkinites looking dumb again. The article appears to have been timed to coincide with a book launch. That, of course, will piss of liberals who think the NYT was carrying water for an illegal administration by delaying the reports publication by a year.
And Bush won't comment, even to shocked lawmakers like Arlen Spector, except to don his Judge Dredd helmet and yell "I am The Law!"