Caption: These shady characters merit surveillance.
There's been quite a flap recently about the Bush administration's decision to collect the phone and email records of millions of Americans. This comes on top of many other instances of questionable uses of power, including warrantless wiretaps and detentions, and official justifications of torture.
Here are a couple of others in case you missed them:
*First, it is completely untrue that the administration has chose to ignore a few laws. In fact, according to the Boston Globe, the actual number is more like 750. According to the Globe,
Far more than any predecessor, Bush has been aggressive about declaring his right to ignore vast swaths of laws -- many of which he says infringe on power he believes the Constitution assigns to him alone as the head of the executive branch or the commander in chief of the military.
Many legal scholars say they believe that Bush's theory about his own powers goes too far and that he is seizing for himself some of the law-making role of Congress and the Constitution-interpreting role of the courts.
In what one would hope to be an unrelated story, our friends at Halliburton received a $385 million contract to build emergency detention centers. I feel safer already.
Those Halliburton guys have all the luck. I wonder how they do it. Must just be hard work.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED