"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Bush fought the law ... and the law ...er ...won.

The text of a letter from a clutch of leading academic lawyers is available on Line here (PDF alert 10 pages) explaining why the warrantless wiretapping perpetrated by the Administration , aided by the telco's is illegal.

Dear Members of Congress:

"We are a group of constitutional law scholars and former government officials, writing in our individual capacities. Earlier this year we wrote you two letters (dated January 9 and February 2, 2006) explaining why, in our view, the recently disclosed National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance program is unlawful under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), and why the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s legal defense of that surveillance program is unpersuasive.

We will not repeat our previous arguments here. We write now merely to explain how the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning military commissions, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 126 S. Ct. 2749 (2006), further refutes the only two legal arguments that the DOJ has offered in support of the NSA program(i) that the September 18, 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) authorizes the NSA program; and (ii) that if FISA prohibits the NSA program, it unconstitutionally restricts the President’s powers under Article II of the U.S. Constitution."

Shayana Kadidal at Huffington Post explains in less lawerly detail what this means and the consequences....

"When the Supreme Court rejected President Bush's executive power claims in last month's decision invalidating the Guantánamo military tribunals, it also shredded the administration's arguments for domestic spying. Now a bipartisan group of legal experts and former government officials are explaining to Congress exactly how the court's ruling affects the NSA's illegal domestic spying program." ... Read on.

That should take the grin off Alberto's face....... but it won't.

1 comment:

FaulknA said...

They (Republicans here in America) have been talking up your surveilance of the recent wet bombers and trying to say that the results justify Mr. Bush's illegal program. Guess they missed that part about how your program uses warrants and still gets the job done. Thank God you folks caught the basterds because I'm not so sure our boys in blue would be up to it.

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish