November 25, 2006

A REMINDER THAT THIS WAS THE LEAST SIGNIFICANT ELECTION SINCE THE 70s:

Despite a Year of Ire and Angst, Little Has Changed on Wiretaps (ERIC LICHTBLAU, 11/25/06, NY Times)

When President Bush went on national television one Saturday morning last December to acknowledge the existence of a secret wiretapping program outside the courts, the fallout was fierce and immediate.

Mr. Bush’s opponents accused him of breaking the law, with a few even calling for his impeachment. His backers demanded that he be given express legal authority to do what he had done. Law professors talked, civil rights groups sued and a federal judge in Detroit declared the wiretapping program unconstitutional.

But as Democrats prepare to take over on Capitol Hill, not much has really changed. For all the sound and fury in the last year, the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program continues uninterrupted, with no definitive action by either Congress or the courts on what, if anything, to do about it, and little chance of a breakthrough in the lame-duck Congress.


Nor can the Democrats do anything about it going forward.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2006 9:32 AM
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Nor do the Democrats dare do anything about it going forward.

The whole thing is trump up to paint Bush as incompetent. The wiretapping was and is on international calls, yet was branded domestic wiretapping by NYT. What is missing now is the word "domestic", even the NYT deems it safe to be "more truthful" after their guys are elected, and knowing there was nothing illegal about the wiretapping in the first place.

Posted by: ic at November 25, 2006 4:29 PM
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