Impeach Bush!

The NYTimes has revealed that, “Months after the Sept. 11 attacks,” Bush forced the NSA to tap the phones of suspected terrorists.

Bush should be impeached! Months?!? Months after the attacks? For pete’s sake, Bush should have called the NSA on September 11th and told them to start tap, tap, tapping those phones — ASAP!

Impeaching Bush is something the left has been doing since before Bush was even elected. That is, the first election. You know, the stolen one. Is Mr. Bush Really the President?! How I love these fellas. Bless their hateful progressive hearts.

Actually, I hope Democrats get their chance to Impeach Bush. Maybe it will be the final act of the Democratic party. The far-left radicals, heck-- the socialists at the green party will no doubt be glad to take their place... and ensure Republican election victories for the next fifty years.

None less than John Kerry has been talking about impeaching bush lately, and that's before the news of Bush's dastardly phone taps.

MA. Sen. John Kerry said last night that if Dems retake the House, there's a "solid case" to bring "articles of impeachment" against President Bush for allegedly misleading the country about pre-war intelligence, according to several Dems who attended.

Kerry was speaking at a holiday party for alumni of his WH '04 bid.

About 100 campaign vets gathered at Finn McCool's bar in D.C. to hear him. In a short speech, Kerry praised Dems who were working on Senate and House campaigns, and then said, according to one listener: "If we take back the House, there's a solid case to bring articles of impeachment against this president." Another listener heard a slight variation: "If we win back the House, I think we have a pretty solid case to bring articles of impeachment against this President." Kerry then quickly added, according to several in the audience, "Don't tell anyone I said that." nationaljournal.com

Just a joke. Sure. [Note: heavy sarcasm] Just a joke. But then I take solace in Kerry's uncanny ability to predict election outcomes.

So what about this latest evil that Bush has perpetrated?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 ­- Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials.

Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible "dirty numbers" linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications.

The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval represents a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches. nytimes (sucks - subscription required)

To hear some tell it, this is akin to holding Satanic rituals on the White House lawn. Bush has probably listened in on your phone conversations personally!

Really, what's so outrageous about this: "...has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people" Hot damn! That's what I like to hear. Someone doing their job.

Excuse me for defending the President who is defending this country, but they sure as heck better be monitoring international phone calls, how else do you think we are going to prevent terrorist attacks on US soil?

But they did it without warrants, and without consulting congress!! (Oh my.) I'm not so sure that's the case actually. Some reports today on tv and radio said that some members of congress and the judicial branch were informed.

But there is good reason for not wanting every Tom, Dick, and Harry (and their monstrous egos) in congress to be 'in the loop' about this. "Loose lips sink ships." Some people just don't seem to understand what secret means or for that matter what national security means beyond it's use as a political tool.

Specter said he wanted to know details of the eavesdropping: "How NSA utilized their technical equipment, whose conversations they overheard, how many conversations they overheard, what they did with the material, what purported justification there was... and we will go from there." chicagotribune.com

Yes, let's get it all out there in the open. How we do it, the equipment we use, who we target, where the information comes from, hell why not just set up a defense fund to pay ACLU lawyers to defend Al Qaeda right now? It could be like the big tobacco settlements.

What we really need is a special prosecutor to find out who is leaking, and put them in jail.

Posted by Eric Simonson at December 17, 2005 5:27 AM