MoveOn.org says that this week, the Senate will vote on whether to pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans.
According to Senator Leahy, the bill would "...immunize officials who have violated federal law by authorizing such illegal activities."
President Bush broke the law, and courts are starting to agree. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter once said the program was illegal "on its face." But he has now caved to pressure from Vice President Cheney, and introduced legislation that marks a new low: the new bill justifies everything the president did illegally. Worse, it makes it legal to wiretap Americans, in secret, without warrants or oversight, whenever the administration wants to.
So far, Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against the bill, and there are good chances to stop it if enough of us speak up.
MoveOn.org has started a opposing the Republican move to pardon President Bush for breaking the law? http://pol.moveon.org/dontpardon/?id=8806-7237212-ykh8cDYJBCchmPowcFsmrQ&t=2
Many legal experts agree that the president's program to wiretap Americans who have nothing to do with terrorism violates the law. President Bush already has the authority to wiretap suspected terrorists—and we support that. In fact, his administration can tap anyone it likes as long as it gets an OK from a court a few days later.
Congress should be trying to hold him accountable—that's their job. Instead, some Republicans are trying to let President Bush off the hook completely. In fact, the legislation would give the president even more unchecked power.
It's unbelievable what the Republican Party will try to justify in the name of "Fighting Terrorism." They try to paint people who want to preserve Americans hard earned civil rights as "with the terrorists."
If America descends into a dictatorship, this is EXACTLY how it will happen. Beware of politicians who ask you to surrender your rights to them, in return for "security."
It blows my mind, because I once called myself a Republican. But now, clearly, the Republican Party is more concerned about covering it's ass and protecting its criminal leaders than it is in protecting the rights of Americans.
Democrats, I'm going to vote for you this year. But DO NOT let us down!!