Terrorist rights crowd still trying userp Presidential powers

NY Times:

Senior Bush administration officials said Wednesday that it would be impractical for them to obtain individual warrants every time they needed to eavesdrop on a conversation suspected of involving Al Qaeda. They urged Congress to approve a proposal that critics said would give the president broad, unchecked powers.

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The fact is the President already has the power as commander in chief in war time to intercept enemy communications. To suggest that warrants are needed in war time to intercept those communications is nonsense on stilts. On top of that, the critics have shown not one example of the President abusing this power. Every instance has been in furtherence of the war effort and protecting Americans. Requiring him to jump through hoops in order to do that is ridiculous. Only a liberal could be this dense.

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  1. Every instance has been in furtherence of the war effort and protecting Americans.

    Part of my opposition to giving Bush free reign to do whatever he wants is the potential future abuse of these powers. Let's say for argument's sake that Bush has only used this power for the causes of good. What's to stop the next president from abusing this power? The war on terrorism requires great power to be concentrated in the hands of the President. But that doesn't mean we should mindlessly throw all checks and balances out the window.

    I fully believe it is possible for Bush to use preexisting channels (such as FISA) and fight terrorists at the same time.


    Requiring him to jump through hoops in order to do that is ridiculous. Only a liberal could be this dense

    Nice.

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