Sunday, January 29, 2006

New York Times: Bush Lying Through His Teeth on Wiretapping

Today's editorial pulls no punches. I particularly like the way the piece's author nails Karl Rove's despicable arguments:

We keep hoping that Mr. Bush will finally lay down the bloody banner of 9/11, but Karl Rove, who emerged from hiding recently to talk about domestic spying, made it clear that will not happen — because the White House thinks it can make Democrats look as though they do not want to defend America. "President Bush believes if Al Qaeda is calling somebody in America, it is in our national security interest to know who they're calling and why," he told Republican officials. "Some important Democrats clearly disagree."

Mr. Rove knows perfectly well that no Democrat has ever said any such thing — and that nothing prevented American intelligence from listening to a call from Al Qaeda to the United States, or a call from the United States to Al Qaeda, before Sept. 11, 2001, or since. The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act simply required the government to obey the Constitution in doing so. And FISA was amended after 9/11 to make the job much easier.
Why does anyone, at this point, expect Rove to be anything but what he is--a pathological liar and a smear artist extraordinaire? Rove has decided to campaign this year on terrorism because it is the ONLY issue the Republicans have left. Their only hope is to attack Democrats as traitors. Thank God there are some in mainstream media who will still call them on it.

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