Friday, December 30, 2005
Bush's libertarian vigilance
After all, this is war. The public has no right to know what the government is doing, and particularly not that the government is illegally spying on us, without any sort of oversight or independent checks. And no one has any right to publicly reveal this activity. As the president has made clear, it is outrageous to even ask if there are any legitimate limits to his power.
This is neoconservativism’s finest hour – the defense of unlimited power of the executive. George the Third never dreamed of such power as George the Fourth is wielding. Vigilance for complete liberty…of the king to do as he damn well pleases.
If Al Queda is calling someone in the US, I want the authorities to know about it. It's no accident that there has not been another attack on the US since the WTC.
Pajamas Media? What are you talking about? I don't know what Pajamas Media is and never made any polemics there, silly or otherwise, there.
You claim that Bush's violation of the law prevented attacks, but you offer no evidence. Do you have any, or is this another example of post ho ergo propter hoc?
Regardless, it is wrong and I resent it when NSA monitors my international calls and emails. It's also potentially dangerous for me and my friends, since we are discussing subversive ideas such as individual rights.
It seems an obvious point. But my “polemic” is much more than this: the president must never be allowed to ignore the fundamental law of the land. Our current president has been unusually destructive in this regard, and he has already established all the mechanisms needed for a totalitarian police state: search and seizure without warrants, arrests and indefinite detention without habeas corpus, legal counsel, or any judicial oversight, and the use of torture. If he is allowed to get away with this, America will cease to be a free country.