Bush’s Wiretapping and E-Mail Intercepts Ruled LEGAL
Gee, it seems that now Bush is on the way out, the courts are falling all over themselves to correct the record. Obviously, they are trying to unshackle the government and pave the way for the Obamessiah:
Intelligence Court: Illegal Wiretapping Legal
January 15th, 2009 By: Michael van der Galien – PoliGazette
A federal intelligence court is expected to disclose a ruling Thursday saying that the program implemented by the Bush administration to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved, is legal.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review has only disclosed two other rulings in history. The far majority of the court’s decisions, then, are secret.
If the report at the New York Times about the matter is correct, ruling about the wiretapping program, which was made in December 2008, will give a major boost to the Bush administration while its most aggressive critics will be delivered a massive blow. Bush et al. were criticized for years; most liberals assumed the program to be illegal. It now seems that the only court that reviewed the matter disagrees.
And so the debate among historians will kick off; perhaps Bush will be justified nonetheless, or at least seen in less bad light than his most passionate critics thought and hoped for years. History may not judge Bush as kindly as he hopes, but it may not be as unkind to him as liberals hope either. At least when this particular subject is concerned, Bush and Congress did not overreach.
The war on terrorism in the tools used to fight it will be up to debate for years to come. This particular program, however, may very well be used by the U.S. government for years to come; if the program is legal, and the court says it is, there is no reason to abolish it, especially not if it helped protect Americans and saved American lives. History may yet vindicate Bush, at least partially. And if history doesn’t, perhaps courts will.Explore posts in the same categories: Justice System, Technology, War on Terror
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