Four years ago I wrote an article we used locally in the Dean campaign where I bemoaned the fact there was absolutely no accountability in the Bush Administration. No one was being held accountable by the President for anything. Heck, we Democrats have refused to hold George W. Bush accountable for anything he's done so why should he? Well, that's whole other issue...
I'm talking this morning about the FISA, domestic wiretapping issue. Congress (House) passed another bill yesterday in which it reuses to grant retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies which broke the law. At some point there has to be accountability. Of course impeaching the president for this would also be in order but we all understand Nancy Pelosi also doesn't believe in accountability.
George W. Bush wants to cover his corporate friends legally for the violations of our constitutional civil liberties he made them violate on his behalf. The House refuses to cooperate. Why do any of them think, first of all, they can pass any FISA law which violates the Fourth Amendment? I remind them that they cannot unless they have five votes on the Supreme Court to allow them to openly and willfully violate the Fourth Amendment.
The constitution requires a warrant based on probable cause before FISA or any other court or government entity can approve or search your communications or property or possessions. If you want to do that George you have to amend the constitution and repeal the Fourth Amendment. No FISA bill will suffice.
Of course Bush will get around this by refusing to reveal who among us has been wiretapped and for what reasons. He claims "national security." His appointed judges will uphold his claim and we will have entered a new phase in our national consciousness: the national security state. This is an important bill and we must not allow a complete lack of accountability and free rein to the government, one which has consistently violated the law in national security letters, to gain this power.