Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Has The New American Revolution Begun?

Maybe this July 4th, the Bush administration should take a history refresher on what the American people did the last time they were tired of a King George. The American people have had enough and at least a few people in the Senate seem to know it.

How will history remember the reign of King George Bush? Will Patrick Leahy, Russ Feingold, John Kerry and Arlen Specter be remembered as firing a few of the opening salvos of the revolution? Who will be remembered as a collaborators? And then there's Dick Cheney?

I can't wait to see this all retold in 10 years on the history channel!

Senate subpoenas WHouse documents in spying probe

By Thomas Ferraro

A Senate chairman heading an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic spying program subpoenaed documents on Wednesday from the White House, Vice President Dick Cheney's office, the National Security Council and Justice Department.

Setting up a possible courtroom showdown, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy gave the administration until July 18 to turn over specified materials that the White House last week declared off limits and highly classified.

In letters accompanying the subpoenas, Leahy wrote: "Over the past 18 months, this committee has made no fewer than nine formal requests to the Department of Justice and to the White House, seeking information and documents about the authorization of and legal justification for this program."

...Leahy's panel, on a bipartisan vote of 13-3, authorized the subpoenas last week in another attempt to determine the administration's legal justification for warrantless surveillance begun shortly after the September 11 attacks.

...Critics charge Bush's warrantless domestic spying program, conducted by the National Security Agency, violated the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires warrants.

...Interest in the justification of the program, which the administration said targeted people in the United States with suspected terrorists ties, increased last month after former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified before the Judiciary Committee.

Comey told the panel about a March 2004 hospital-room meeting where then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales tried to pressure a critically ill John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, to set aside Justice Department concerns and sign a presidential order reauthorizing the program.

...Last week, a House committee set off another political firestorm when it reported that Cheney has refused to comply with an executive order that created government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information.

On June 26, 2006, five members of the U.S. Congress spoke at the ACLU-sponsored “Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice” rally. In order of appearance, they were: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Rep. Jerome Nadler (D-NY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). Each of them ripped President George W. Bush and V.P. Dick Cheney for shredding the U.S. Constitution, condoning torture, gutting the ancient Writ of Habeas Corpus and spearheading the passage of the draconian Military Commissions Act, etc.

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