In an article today in the New York Times
, Bush family house negro Colin Powell was quoted as saying that he thought it would not have been "that hard" for Bush to obtain warrants for domestic spying. However, Powell still saw "nothing wrong" with the practice and advocated that it be continued. Hold on, so even though the president has a law that allows him to violate our privacy and civil liberties, a travesty in itself, Mr. Powell seems to believe the president need not be subject to that law or avail himself of the due process it provides. I'm still trying to get my head around this one. Bush argues for the Patriot Act, on grounds of national defense, when he sees no need to act within the law. So, I guess with secret phone taps and renditions, any American could be spied on and then disappeared to a foreign country for torture. Its odd to note that on one side he has Condi arguing for kidnapping and torture and on the other side has Powell seeing "no problem" with illegal wire-tapping and spying on American citizens. Weird...Weird...Weird.
Forum: National Security
"My own judgment is that it didn't seem to me, anyway, that it would have been that hard to go get the warrants," Mr. Powell said. "And even in the case of an emergency, you go and do it. The law provides for that."
But Mr. Powell added that "for reasons that the president has discussed and the attorney general has spoken to, they chose not to do it that way."
"I see absolutely nothing wrong with the president authorizing these kinds of actions," he said.
Asked if such eavesdropping should continue, Mr. Powell said, "Yes, of course it should continue."