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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Gregory, I got this far ( from today s Washington Post): When Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (Ky.) called Bush one of the great presidents in the
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      Gregory, I got this far ( from today's Washington
      Post):

      When Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (Ky.) called
      Bush "one of the great presidents in the history of
      the United States," the audience rose to applaud and
      cheer.

      Tom




      --- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:

      > Thomas,
      >
      > You and I agree about Russ and 2008. I think he has
      > every intention
      > to run and will have a professional and polished
      > style for a stab at
      > the nomination from the left.
      >
      > BTW, did you or any one else on this list see/read
      > the rhetoric that
      > came out of Memphis as the GOP candidates tried to
      > be more heinous
      > than the person on stage before them? MA Gov Romney
      > might have been
      > confused as to if he was running for President of
      > the United States
      > or Iran....his social statements were dreadful..but
      > what can we
      > expect from that side of the aisle.
      >
      > Gregory
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
      > JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > Feingold is pretty much the only Senator that I
      > take
      > > seriously right now.. He has the inside track to
      > my 08
      > > primary vote if he chooses to run.
      > >
      > > Tom
      > >
      > > --- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Feingold to introduce resolution censuring the
      > > > President
      > > >
      > > > Says Congress must condemn the President's
      > violation
      > > > of the public's
      > > > trust through illegal wiretapping program
      > > >
      > > > March 12, 2006
      > > >
      > > > WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Senator Russ Feingold has
      > > > announced that he
      > > > will introduce a resolution in the Senate on
      > Monday
      > > > to censure the
      > > > President of the United States. Feingold's
      > > > resolution condemns the
      > > > President's actions in authorizing the illegal
      > > > wiretapping program
      > > > and then misleading the country about the
      > existence
      > > > and legality of
      > > > the program. Feingold calls the resolution an
      > > > appropriate and
      > > > responsible step for Congress to take in
      > response to
      > > > the President's
      > > > undermining of the separation of powers and
      > ignoring
      > > > the rule of law.
      > > >
      > > > "The President must be held accountable for
      > > > authorizing a program
      > > > that clearly violates the law and then
      > misleading
      > > > the country about
      > > > its existence and its legality," Feingold says.
      > "The
      > > > President's
      > > > actions, as well as his misleading statements to
      > > > both Congress and
      > > > the public about the program, demand a serious
      > > > response. If Congress
      > > > does not censure the President, we will be
      > tacitly
      > > > condoning his
      > > > actions, and undermining both the separation of
      > > > powers and the rule
      > > > of law."
      > > >
      > > > The President's illegal wiretapping program is
      > in
      > > > direct violation of
      > > > the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
      > (FISA).
      > > > The FISA law makes
      > > > it a crime to wiretap Americans in the United
      > States
      > > > without a
      > > > warrant or a court order. The Bush
      > Administration
      > > > has obtained
      > > > thousands of FISA warrants since September 11th
      > and
      > > > has almost never
      > > > been rejected by the FISA court. FISA even
      > allows
      > > > wiretaps to be
      > > > executed immediately in an emergency as long as
      > the
      > > > government
      > > > obtains a warrant within 72 hours.
      > > >
      > > > "This issue is not about whether the government
      > > > should be wiretapping
      > > > terrorists – of course it should, and it can
      > under
      > > > current law"
      > > > Feingold says. "But this President and this
      > > > administration decided to
      > > > break the law and they have yet to give a
      > convincing
      > > > explanation of
      > > > why their actions were necessary, appropriate,
      > or
      > > > legal. Passing more
      > > > laws will not change the fact that the President
      > > > broke the ones
      > > > already in place and for that, Congress must
      > hold
      > > > him accountable."
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
      --------------------------------------------------------------------
      > --
      > > > ----------
      > > >
      > > > Fact sheet from US Senator Russ Feingold on his
      > > > resolution to censure
      > > > the President:
      > > >
      > > > Senator Feingold's resolution of censure
      > condemns
      > > > the President for
      > > > breaking the law by authorizing an illegal
      > > > wiretapping program, and
      > > > for misleading Congress and the American people
      > > > about the existence
      > > > and legality of that program.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > The President Broke the Law by Wiretapping
      > Outside
      > > > of FISA
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > It Is Illegal to Wiretap Without the Requisite
      > > > Warrant or Court
      > > > Order: The law is clear that the criminal
      > wiretap
      > > > statute and Foreign
      > > > Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) "shall be
      > the
      > > > exclusive means by
      > > > which electronic surveillance . . . and the
      > > > interception of domestic
      > > > wire, oral, and electronic communications may be
      > > > conducted."
      > > >
      > > > FISA Has an Emergency Exception: The
      > Administration
      > > > has indicated
      > > > that it ignored FISA because the application
      > process
      > > > takes too long.
      > > > In fact, in an emergency where the Attorney
      > General
      > > > believes that
      > > > surveillance must begin before a court order can
      > be
      > > > obtained, FISA
      > > > permits him to immediately authorize the
      > > > surveillance as long as the
      > > > government goes to the court within 72 hours.
      > Prior
      > > > to 2001, the
      > > > emergency wiretap period was only 24 hours. The
      > > > Administration
      > > > requested and received the increase to 72 hours
      > in
      > > > intelligence
      > > > authorization legislation that passed in late
      > 2001.
      > > >
      > > > FISA Provides for Wartime Situations: FISA also
      > > > permits the Attorney
      > > > General to authorize warrantless electronic
      > > > surveillance in the
      > > > United States during the 15 days following a
      > > > declaration of war, to
      > > > allow time to consider any amendments to FISA
      >
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