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Ear to the Ground

NYT:  Bush Has Shredded Constitution Since 9/11

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Posted on Oct 14, 2007
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In a scathing editorial on Sunday, The New York Times accused President Bush of playing on the nation’s post-9/11 fears in order to justify violating civil liberties and protecting big telecom companies implicated in his wiretapping scheme.  The Bush camp “use[d] the nation’s tragedy to grab ever more power for its vision of an imperial presidency,” the Times editorial board charged.


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Mr. Bush says the law should give immunity to communications companies that gave data to the government over the last five years without a court order. He says they should not be punished for helping to protect America, but what Mr. Bush really wants is to avoid lawsuits that could uncover the extent of the illegal spying he authorized after 9/11.

It may be possible to shield these companies from liability, since the government lied to them about the legality of its requests. But the law should allow suits aimed at forcing disclosure of Mr. Bush’s actions. It should also require a full accounting to Congress of all surveillance conducted since 9/11. And it should have an expiration date, which the White House does not want.

Ever since 9/11, we have watched Republican lawmakers help Mr. Bush shred the Constitution in the name of fighting terrorism. We have seen Democrats acquiesce or retreat in fear. It is time for that to stop.

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By George in PA, October 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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Those unfamiliar with our history do not know that the Supreme Court forbade Jackson from removing the Native American tribes from Georgia and the rest of the SE US. Well, guess where those people ended up? Jackson said ” Let the Supreme Court stop me if they can (or something similar). The only citizens who were upset by this act were the Native Americans and a very few others.

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By John Borowski, October 15, 2007 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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Despite being a careful driver my number 1 fear has always been that I would collide with a portable John transport truck. Since Bush became president the portable John transport truck fear has dropped down to number 2.

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By dp, October 15, 2007 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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According to the CEO (at the time) of QUEST, the enlistment of telecommunications companies in an unlawful surveillance program was first begun one month after Bush’s inauguration at a meeting on Feb. 27, 2001.  This whole administration begins to read like a bad spy novel.  And it’s becoming as difficult to follow.  Didn’t Bush run on “restoring integrity and honor to the White House”?  I guess that doesn’t necessarily rule out imperialism.

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By Jim Goodson, October 15, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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The New York Times and George Bush, Two Phonies that have no concept of what the Constitution really says. I don,t buy either one of them. Their issues are only good for toilet training my dog.

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By mary, October 15, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment

Wake up news media, we already know how each and every publication, journalist, and mainstream news media allowed this criminal to get away with the most unethical, unconstitutional, and illegal actions begining with the hand over of the presidency in 2000.  And the only reason for most of it was to keep cushie, highpaying achor and moderator jobs.  Guys like Tim Russert, Chris Matthews and other interviewers allowed this to happen.  History will not, nor should it, be kind to these guys.  The mainstream media is absolutely most responsible for the spread of hate, fear, and mis-information.  You can already see the plan to destroy the Democratic nominee, beginning with Matthews’ extreme hate for Sen Clinton.  Maybe term limits should include these guys…....

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By Conservative Yankee, October 15, 2007 at 6:17 am Link to this comment
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Frank Rich tells us some Democrats might share responsibility for the Iraq war, and the New York Times tells us Bush is shredding the constitution. 

Of course no one here ever considered those possibilities.

I think I’m almost done here!

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By PACRAT, October 15, 2007 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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Without 9/11 Bush’s presidency would be a joke!

Rove and Cheney persuaded W to seize the opportunity that was given to him to wrap himself in the robes of a hero - and people loved it. A cause at last!

Fighting terrorism became the rallying cry - and could be applied to anyone anywhere! That created the climate for the infamous trio to abandon the Constitution and to replace it with the most devastating attack on America imaginable.

Let’s attack Iraq, then Iran, and any nation, group or individual that disagrees with us! Let’s spy on everyone and those who suspect or question us will be called “traitors.”

Let’s cow the jounalists who will inform the public not to ever disagree with us. Let Fox News be our public voice.

Fear is a fantastic motivator to maintain support for any idea. It has even kept the democrats in line when the republicans failed to recapture congress. And it will continue to do so unless and until someone leads the charge against this modern tyranny. Pelosi and Reid have failed - who will assume the role of leader and martyr?

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By loneagle, October 15, 2007 at 5:14 am Link to this comment
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Reading comments like these, I sometimes think there may be few people left on earth who favor the non rabid response. More people are good than are bad and most of us experience this fact every day. Even the baddest actors usually have attributes we all would admire. Some of the baddest perpetrators often are bold for example; something even the meek and abused can’t help admire. Sometimes they will even be moved to get on board out frustration with their own powerlessness. We seem hapless slaves getting on this bandwagon or that one, ever subject to the pendulum effect, like lemmings who breed and breed and breed and every so often are moved mysteriously to rise up and run off in this direction or that, with an exhiliration rarely if ever felt. Are there smart lemmings then, is that what we’re saying, who ghoulishly set the stage for the stampede, or ones who refuse to play and live in small bands up in the hills, or ones who stand beside the bold ones, to calculate profit and loss and keep order? Doesn’t each of us have all these entities running around inside us? Isn’t there something we’re supposed to be learning here, some crowning atribute we’re expected one day to identify?

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By John Borowski, October 15, 2007 at 4:40 am Link to this comment
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The New York Times is not divulging anything that the twenty-five percent of Americans didn’t already know. The type of American (Of good character, maturity, and intelligence) should be pleased that the British flag-ship (The New York Times) is giving indications that they are changing course. The British has more power, and influence in this country than most people know. I believe the British are changing course because they have changed their opinion after a long delay of 6 years.

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By jfior, October 15, 2007 at 12:36 am Link to this comment

I was watching a PBS Frontline episode last night called Memory of the Camps….a reference to the concentration and death camps in Fascist Nazi Germany….here is a quote that I had to listen too a few times….

the narrator plainly says that “on the 28th of February in that same year [1933] the presidential emergency decree suspended the basic civil rights of the German people for an in determinant period and so eliminated legal safe guards against arbitrary imprisonment.”

What is most interesting is that this decree was issued the day after a fire in the German building of Parliament, the Reichstag.

This should give everyone pause….THIS is the metaphorical slippery slope…

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By thomas billis, October 15, 2007 at 12:27 am Link to this comment
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What a joke. Stop the presses.The memo finally got to New York Times.Maybe the democrats will get the memo after the Times.I wonder what great detective in the New York Times finallly broke the story.We have the worst press in the free world.They wonder why readership is dropping.Most of the informed people in this country read newspapers from outside the U.S. to find out what is happening here.People have died for freedom of the press and these morons have muzzled themselves.

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By republicanSScareme, October 14, 2007 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment
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I guess it’s better late than never that the New York Times is coming to its senses.  It’s a trajedy that they let their paper become a propaganda rag for the Zionists. They destroyed the credibility of many of their journalists and columnists.

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By G.Anderson, October 14, 2007 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment

Sadly, because there are many, many more in our country who want this, who cheer the end of freedom, this will continue.

I hear them every day on the radio, twisting things, denigrating, and spewing hate, branding Americans who oppose them as traitors.

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By 911truthdotorg, October 14, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

It’s mind boggling to me how SO many people in this country still don’t GET IT!!!

The bush crime family didn’t USE 9/11, they MADE 9/11 happen to accomplish their agenda. And I absolutely believe they will make another “terror attack” occur as an excuse to bomb Iran or God knows what. We’re dealing with deranged psychopaths, so they’re liable to do anything without regards to the consequences.

9/11 was an inside job!! No doubt about that.

Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, Terror Storm, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By Sleeper, October 14, 2007 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

These all are illegal according to the Constitution.  Congress is not suppose to make unConstitutional Laws.  It is suppose to Defend The Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

There is more evidence in support of the theory that 9/11 was an inside job then there is justifing that “We The People” have any need of aquiring more intelligence. 

They already seem quite able to acquire intelligence then lie to the public about the intelligence aquired, or misuse it, or even to allow aircraft to run into towers and bring those towers down in a way that is similar to a professional demolishion, unlike any historical pancake collapse.  Considering no similar building has ever collapsed because of a fire what we are lead to believe is highly unlikely.

That this “Pearl Harbor” like attack was mentioned by the PNAC a year previous.  I really think someone ought to gain some sense and not give this corrupt group what they want or maybe charge the lot of them with TREASON.

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By Verne Arnold, October 14, 2007 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

Gee, it’s only taken them 6+ years to wake up!  I guess, better late than never.

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By weather, October 14, 2007 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

Too little too late.

The New York Times died on 9/11. Its spirit got crushed in its own rubble.

Where was the Times when its publisher insisted its fraudulent reporter continue w/her pieces on Iraq’s WMD? Well they were too busy breaking their arms patting themselves on the back about how wonderful they want you to think Israel is, afterall the NYTimes is an Israeli PR firm, not a newspaper.

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