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Warrantless Wiretapping

The "Move On" Defense Of George W. Bush

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

To say Bush's defense is that his opponents want "political vengeance" is a non sequitur. Couldn't every trial in the country be characterized as some sort of "vengeance" based on this logic?

Obama Sides With Bush in Spy Case

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched s...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week's confirmation hearing of Hillary Clinton was a promising sign that Team Obama will mean a return to prepared, knowledgeable, fact-based leadership. Maybe Justin Timberlake can do a remix for the Inauguration: Bringing CompetenceBack! The one glitch belonged to Timothy Geithner. Four words, Tim: H & R Block. Elsewhere, David Vitter's lone anti-Hillary vote appeared to be a desperate ploy to gain notoriety for something other than his history with hookers. And George Bush and Dick Cheney smirked and snarled their way through their final days, rewriting the history of Katrina (W), and expressing long-held aggravation that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for exposing the administration's warrantless wiretapping program (Dick). They clearly are devotees of the Erich Segal school of leadership: running the country into the ground means never having to say you're sorry.

Holder Can't Prosecute Bush Abuses Too Many Democrats Aided and Abetted Them

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Holder is seemingly willing to let bygones be bygones when it comes to prosecuting Bush's crew because it would pry open the Democrats dirty but hardly unknown secret.

Support John Conyers' Truth Commission

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are you frustrated by all the "we need to look forward, not backward" language from Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders? Well, now you can do something about it.

Jason Linkins

Cheney "Aggravated" By New York Times Pulitzer | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Bill Bennett's fawn-tastic Morning In America exit interview with Dick Cheney is filled with precisely the sort of ass-kissing and side-stepping you'd...

Getting Ready for the Bush Pardons

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It would be wrong for an outgoing President who presided over disastrous... enterprises like the torture program to unilaterally slam the door on all future investigations into that conduct.

Jason Linkins

Alberto Gonzales Memoir: What To Expect | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The drive to produce a book likely stems from these post-White House blues, something Gonzales seems to acknowledge.

Obama Going Easy on Bush? Say It Ain't So

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Camp

If you use dogs to harm dogs, you're sentenced to jail time. If you use dogs to harm humans, you receive no repercussions except a moderate grilling on Meet The Press.

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Cheney's version of the truth on interrogations does not stand up to scrutiny, and features ten lies that should not be allowed to pass without further comment and analysis.

A Disturbing Thought

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

There must be accountability, as painful as that may be -- or Thomas Tamm would have acted and suffered in vain, and our nation would have failed to honor its commitment to the rule of law.

Dick Cheney, Interior Decorator

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

It was, perhaps, a dark and rainy day. Through a clearing in the forest the King's horsemen came upon the menacing silhouette of a distant medieval f...

Revealed: The Whistleblower Who Exposed Warrantless Wiretapping

Newsweek | Michael Isikoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government's most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a ...

Truth and Reconciliation

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Criminal prosecutions of the members of the Bush administration will not enable us to do what we most need to do, which is to gain a full public understanding of what was done over the past eight years.

Just What This Heartsick American Needed: A Republican Beacon for Civil Liberties

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

A Republican almost made me burst into tears. In a good way. Gov. Kean's specifics are a reminder of how much is at stake now and of how bad things have been since 9/11.

We Told You So: Government Spying Has Been Targeting Innocent Citizens, not Terrorists

Bob Barr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Barr

The Bush administration told us that the government had to engage in warrantless surveillance to stop terrorists from attacking America. Administrati...

Some Administrations -- Not All -- Make Policy Decisions Based On Constitution

Sheila Suess Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sheila Suess Kennedy

As we prepare to choose a new president, we should look closely at the candidates' approach to our constitutional culture. It will tell us much more than the issue papers and campaign promises that are mainstays of electoral strategies.

Report: Gonzales Pointing Finger At Bush In Surveillance Investigation

The Atlantic | Murray Waas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In March 2004, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales made a now-famous late-night visit to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft, seeking...

End the Fishing Expedition and Abide by (or Fix) the Law

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The Bush administration surmised the terrorist threat had changed the United State's security situation so vastly that the National Security Agency "had to fish with a big net, not a hook"

New FBI Rules Would Make Domestic Surveillance Even Easier

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on na...

Fired US Attorney: Ashcroft Was "Pushed Out" Because He "Refused To Sign Off On The Warrantless Wiretaps"

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In March 2004, then-acting Attorney General James Comey refused to sign an order extending President Bush's warrantless domestic spying program "amid ...

Fighting the Unconstitutional Spying Law

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The FISA bill goes further to extend the power of the executive to collect our communications than the president's original secret spying program. The Fourth Amendment was essentially eviscerated.

A Talk with Gail Collins on Obama

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

I am excited about Obama's project of building a new coalition based on finding rational common ground on controversial issues. The question is this: common ground with who?

FISA: Got Questions, Will (Help) Pay For Answers

Charlie Reina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlie Reina

We need to know why the president was so hot to do the tele-spying the way they did. Why go outside FISA? Why circumvent a law that already allowed them to tap all they wanted, effectively without restraint?

Hillary's Statement on FISA

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Hillary Clinton: "Any surveillance program must contain safeguards to protect the rights of Americans against abuse -- I could not vote for the legislation in its current form."