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Bush’s wiretaps illegal

Republicans are hobbling our ability to democratically fight terrorism. Take this illegal wire-tapping business for example. The question is not whether the U.S. should wiretap phone calls for our protection, but why didn’t Bush do so lawfully? It mocks our rule of law that Bush so often evokes. Look, we have laws for this type of activity. Bush even said in 2004 “any time you hear the United States government talking about a wiretap, it requires a court order.” He lied and skirted the legal process. Although many Republicans seem satisfied letting these violations go citing the president’s prevailing authority during time of war, many are questioning why Bush broke the law and are concerned about this precedent. He could have gotten a warrant, asked the FISA court to change the rules, or even get a warrant after the violation; he didn’t take any of these legal options, and continues withholding information necessary for lawmakers to judge the need for this operation. It makes me wonder what the president is hiding. I know many have faith in Bush, but if he has nothing to hide, why not tackle terrorism in a transparent, nonpartisan and legal manner? I sure would feel safer.

Mark Selverston

Nevada City


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