Wednesday, December 21, 2005

So Much for the Domestic Spying “Scandal”

So--- the Defeaticrat drumbeat continues to push the liberal agenda further into the well tested “bury our heads in the sand and hope the bad guys go away” theory of foreign policy.

Apparently, Karl Rove used his amazing mind controlling powers to have Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton clear the way years before GWB.

For all of the “Spying on Americans” hyperventilating, one notes that we are talking about phone calls from outside the country, involving suspected terrorists.

NR’s Byron York has been all over this like a cheap suit.

Here’s his original article on Jamie Gorelick testimony on the Clinton Administration’s postion, with a follow up here, as well as an overview of the GWB’s reasoning here.

Even some of the Clintonistas (warning: the Chicago Tribune registration and log in process is primitive, so you’ll probably have to navigate to the opinion piece yourself) are supportive. Here’s a snip from the Schmidt piece:

“Four federal courts of appeal subsequently faced the issue squarely and held that the president has inherent authority to authorize wiretapping for foreign intelligence purposes without judicial warrant.

In the most recent judicial statement on the issue, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, composed of three federal appellate court judges, said in 2002 that ‘All the ... courts to have decided the issue held that the president did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence ... We take for granted that the president does have that authority.’”