Dear John Hood.
Imagine my surprise today to discover you're defending George Bush and his wire-tapping scheme for domestic spying.
In the domestic-spying case, I tend to side with the Bush administration, albeit warily. As I understand it, no one doubts that the president has the inherent right as commander-in-chief to assign personnel to spy on the nation’s enemies abroad without obtaining a court’s permission. It would be absurd to suggest that the president can order a terrorist killed but can’t order his phone tapped. The difficulty lies when a suspect communicates with someone within the United States. I think the world of modern communication makes it impractical to operate as if Sarah were still operating the switchboard in Mayberry.
The difficulty does NOT lie with any of the half-assed justifications you're piling up around this issue. The difficulty lies with the fact that FISA was legislation passed specifically by Congress to address the question of wiretaps -- and George Bush chose to ignore it.
You know, John, you often present yourself as a rule-of-law kind of guy. But it's clear that's just bullshit too. Because when it comes down to it, you're choosing party over people . . . and fear over freedom.
The rule of law. Just another hypocritical Republican talking point.