The New York Times, via Cathie From Canada, in a Sunday editorial has deconstructed every one of the Bush talking points surrounding the issue of illegal wiretaps. This time though, the Times comes right out and calls Bush and his cronies liars.
The editorial ends with a call for Congress to reign in Bush and re-establish the constitutional checks and balances that it has allowed Bush to ignore and circumvent.
A bit over a week ago, President Bush and his men promised to provide the legal, constitutional and moral justifications for the sort of warrantless spying on Americans that has been illegal for nearly 30 years. Instead, we got the familiar mix of political spin, clumsy historical misinformation, contemptuous dismissals of civil liberties concerns, cynical attempts to paint dissents as anti-American and pro-terrorist, and a couple of big, dangerous lies.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is about to start hearings on the domestic spying. Congress has failed, tragically, on several occasions in the last five years to rein in Mr. Bush and restore the checks and balances that are the genius of American constitutional democracy. It is critical that it not betray the public once again on this score.
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