Four Republican Senators stand firm with Democrats in blocking renewal of the USA Patriot Act, undercutting efforts by Senate Republican leaders to blame Democrats for the impasse.
Democratic and Republican calls mounted on Tuesday for U.S. congressional hearings into President George W. Bush’s assertion that he can order warrantless spying on Americans with suspected terrorist ties.
A federal judge has resigned from a special court to protest President Bush’s secret authorization of a warrantless domestic spying program.
Franz Kafka and George Orwell would have gotten a grim laugh out of President Bush’s radio address on Saturday, in which the president assured the nation that he had ordered Americans to be spied on, in direct defiance of a federal law that specifically prohibits such spying, because he is dedicated to protecting our “civil liberties.”
President Bush should quit his legally unauthorized eavesdropping on Americans, and no one should argue, as some conservatives have, that there is an understanding buried deep in the Constitution that grants him the privilege of doing whatever he darned well pleases if we are involved in a war.