Friday, August 18, 2006

Al Qaeda calling

Bush Vows to Overturn Wiretapping Ruling :
"President Bush said today that he is confident that a federal court ruling against his administration’s electronic surveillance program will be overturned, and he described those who hailed the ruling as na├»ve.

“I would say that those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live,” Mr. Bush said in a question-answer session at Camp David, Md. “I strongly disagree with that decision, strongly disagree. That’s why I instructed the Justice Department to appeal immediately. And I believe our appeals will be upheld.”

“We believe, strongly believe, it’s constitutional,” the president added. “And if Al Qaeda is calling into the United States, we want to know why they’re calling.”" (emphasis added)
To this latter statement, I say: duh? Absolutely NO ONE disagrees with listening in on Al Qaeda calls. once again is smoke-screening the issue. HE CAN DO THIS ALREADY UNDER EXISTING LAW. The issue is that his extra-legal secret programme, un-sanctioned by congress, overseen by only his lawyers and appointees has been held unconstitutional. Illegal. So he can "strongly believe" all he wants. His problem is that he's at 37% (to pick the highest number of late) and few believe him, trust him or thinks he's competent.

The central finding of this ruling further cements a story line of an administration that has repeatedly made the wrong choices in fighting the war on terror. Wrong war. Wrong eavesdropping programme. So it's snowballing into a bigger problem as they prepare to fight the midterm elections. They have to smash the snowball before it rolls down the hill.

The more that inconvenient rulings such as this and facts on the ground in Iraq occur, the less likely they are to hang on to congressional control. And we all know what that means. Accountability might actually occur for this guy. What a concept.