Breakin' the law
The Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee said today that he believed the Bush administration had violated the law with its warrantless surveillance program and that its legal justifications for the program were "strained and unrealistic."Since violating FISA carries civil and criminal penalties, this makes things interesting. Surely if the President commits a felony, that constitutes an impeachable offense. While there may be a good reason to choose not to impeach, this is a rather remarkable state of affairs we're in.
The program "is in flat violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," said the chairman, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who will open committee hearings on Monday.
Unlike Iran-Contra or Watergate, there are no attempts at isolating the President from the illegal actions. He just stands up, declares he broke the law, and can't understand what the fuss is about.