Saturday, August 19, 2006

Perhaps we should have laws!

Fox News commentator John Gibson really amused me when he said, of a federal courts decision that the warrantless NSA wiretapping program is unconstitutional:

"I agree that the program might not be strictly legal, though I think it is strictly necessary. Perhaps Congress should amend the law to make it entirely legal. But whether we need it or not is beyond question."

Perhaps Congress should amend the law? Perhaps?

I don't agree with Gibson that the program was even necessary, given that there's already a law that provides the government with easy access to warrants, even after they've done their tapping, on the books.

But, if you do agree with Gibson, there's not a lot of room for "perhaps," here. It's as if the notion that the President should follow the laws currently on the books has become some sort of radical legal theory.

Oh, and I wish people would stop saying that "The Constitution is not a suicide pact." Of course it isn't -- it's the document that's kept our society from suicide numerous times. We'd do well to, you know, start having our government work within it.


At 11:03 PM , Blogger Jon E. said...

I agree that though taking a dump in John Gibson's breakfast cereal and wiping on all the remaindered copies of The War on Christmas may not be stricly legal, though I think it is strictly necessary.


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