at the White House stay pretty busy these days just trying to untangle the
lies George Bush keeps telling every time he opens his mouth. For example,
back in April 2004, Bush explained to a cheering audience and an
unchallenging press corps in Buffalo about “eavesdropping” on Americans:
“When you think PATRIOT Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when
it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because,” he
said earnestly while leaning over the podium, his hand on his heart –
“because we value the Constitution.”
Bush? Value that
(insert Lord's name in vain) piece of worthless paper? I think not. From
his actions and manner of speech, it is doubtful that Bush has read either
the US Constitution or the holy book upon which he placed his hand twice
and swore to preserve, protect and defend it.
After the New York Times reported last week that Bush authorized
the National Security Agency (NSA) to cast a wide net to spy on American
citizens’ e-mail and phone calls without seeking warrants from the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, Bush went on the offense,
saying yeah, he did it, and he was gonna keep on doing it, cause he was
the president and -- like he told Washington Post's Bob Woodward --
that means he doesn't have to explain to anybody why he does anything.
That apparently includes the FISA court, which has the audacity to require
“probable cause” before approving wiretaps on American citizens. In Bush's
defense, when you're huntin’ and chasin’ and smokin’ out evil lurkers and
plotters and planners, you don't have time to stop and fill out two or
three million pieces of paper. Like Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
says, the (insert Lord's name in vain) Constitution is a quaint little
thing, but we live in a new world order now, and any constraints on "this
president" are just too cumbersome.
In an October speech, Bush said, “Our country is at war, and the executive
branch has an obligation to protect the ‘Merican people. We are
aggressively doing that. We are finding the terrorists and bringing them
to justice,” he said, pausing for effect, then added, "and anything we
do is within the law..."
Vice President Dick Cheney agrees. He says they must have complete control
and flexibility and unlimited power, even if this means they have to make
up the law as they go along. While speeding home from the Middle East in
time to break a Senate tie on a bill that raises Medicaid payments for the
poor and elderly while, at the same time, allowing states to cut their
Medicaid services, and cuts child-care payments for social bottom-feeders,
Cheney snarled that there “is a hell of a threat” out there, and the
president's authority under the (insert Lord's name in vain) Constitution
must be “unimpaired”.
Cheney says “the vast majority” of Americans support Bush spying on them,
and warned that any “backlash” would not be against Bush, but against the
critics who dared question Bush's illegal and quite possibly treasonous
bits of derring-do. Cheney is adamant that he, er -- Bush -- is above any
court and outside any law. Those who disagree can just go (insert word
depicting doing sexual “wild thang”) themselves.
Besides, Cheney might have added, they've been doing it for four years --
collecting information on American citizens by tapping directly into the
US telecommunication system's main arteries without first getting warrants
-- and nobody seemed to care. According to the Times, these
corporate behemoths supported and assisted the spying operation -- storing
information on citizens' calling patterns and giving it to Bush since
Got that, sports fans? Since 9-11. And the NSA is not the only one.
Capital Hill Blue's
Doug Thompson, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and
“dozens of private contractors are spying on millions of Americans 24
hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
It got so blatant that a former NSA agent who quit in disgust over use of
the agency to spy on Americans, told Thompson, “We're no longer in the
business of tracking our enemies. We're spying on everyday Americans.”
And, when there's treason afoot, one can hardly leave out the vicious and
wacky Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. A couple of years ago,
Rumsfeld had this great idea for not only spying on Americans, but
building a profile on every citizen who travels, uses credit cards, talks
on the telephone or works or plays on a computer.
He called his new toy the “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) Program, and
put the disgraced Iran-Contra felon John Poindexter in charge of it. When
a furious Congress killed the program, Rumsfeld said, “Fine. They can have
the name.” He then moved it to the Pentagon's covert "black bag" program,
out of Congressional sight or oversight, and renamed it the “Terrorist
Information Awareness” (TIA) system. Thompson says the program is “alive
and well and collecting data in real time on Americans at a computer
center located at 3801 Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia.”
It's difficult to gauge either the height of awareness or the depth of
outrage of the American public because the corporate media steadfastly
refuses to shed even a glimmer of light on the myriad of scandals this
administration is hiding out there in plain sight.
The shock of 9-11 thrust the people of this country into a depressing
twilight zone, a “loyalty-oath” atmosphere where they stumble around in
the dark, afraid to speak -- afraid to think. Any anger they feel about
the president of the United States committing an impeachable offense by
covertly spying on them and openly admitting it will fade as the media
psycho-flogs them into believing the criminal here is the whistleblower
who shone the light on the illegal surveillance, not the traitor who broke
The irony of Bush, the NSA and Gonzales whipping up a criminal
investigation into who dared tell the public that they were breaking the
law will be lost on far too many Americans. Those who do understand, yet
choose to stand mute and hope for the best should weigh the loss of their
civil liberties against the violence, murder, vicious lies, and especially
the sheer animosity Bush feels toward all but the wealthiest Americans.
They should take a look at the backgrounds and goals of the beady-eyed war
vultures who control Bush; who are urging him to destroy everything in his
path -- not the least of which is the (insert Lord's name in vain) US
Constitution. They should ask themselves what they would do if they woke
up in the middle of the night to find an invader in their bedrooms, pawing
through their personal belongings. Would they silently bow their heads, or
would they turn on the light and scream bloody murder at the top of their
Truth doesn't just radiate light -- it IS light. If Americans would raise
their heads and look around, they would see there are flashes of light
everywhere -- especially on the Internet.
Americans have come to a fork in the road and, like the great philosopher
Yogi Berra once said, they need to take it. They need to go to the light.
Then, those (insert Lord's name in vain) (insert word depicting one born
out of wedlock) will get what they so richly deserve.