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Jeff Dunetz @ Yid With Lid:

The who wrote the paragraph below took a bold stand against the conversations of American Citizens being “listened in on,” without their knowledge or consent–even if it is being done because of national security. 

It’s not every day a former deputy attorney general testifies that the White House violated the law–and did so knowingly. But that seemed to happen this morning when former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified before the Senate judiciary committee about the once-secret NSA warrantless wiretapping program that targeted citizens and residents in the United States.

Today, that same manDavid Corn of Mother Jones published a secretly (and possibly illegally) taped conversation between a US Senator and his campaign operatives.  That Secretly taped conversation had nothing to do with national security because as he has stated above listening in for national security—bad. Listening in for political reasons—good!

In August 2006 David Corn wrote in The Nation that Bush’s wireless program for national security was an example of of his “view of expansive (even Supreme presidential power)

For months, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other administration aides have been defending–even championing–what they call the “terrorist surveillance program,” under which the National Security Agency can intercept communications that involve an American citizen or resident without a warrant if one party to the communication is overseas and suspected of being linked to anti-American terrorists). They have maintained that the president has the authority as commander in chief to authorize such surveillance. Though the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) generally forbids wiretapping without warrants, the White House has contended that Bush is not bound by the limitations of that law. This claim–arising from the Bush administration’s view of expansive (even supreme) presidential power–set up a constitutional clash. And in the first round of the legal battle, Judge Taylor has knocked out the White House argument.

The audio tape released by Mr. Corn today was really much ado about nothing.  Is anybody really shocked that a political candidate will use an opponent’s own public statements about their mental illness and issues against them? How Shocking. What we do learn from Corn today is that secretly taping political conversations—very good, but secretly taping conversations for national security—very, very bad.

In the same 2006 article from The Nation Corn said this about a judge striking down Bush’s wiretaps.

Weeks before he took office in 2001, Bush quipped, “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” Democracy, though, is not easy. And a commander in chief has to abide by the rules, as various courts have now ruled. The administration’s King George approach to governance has taken another blow. But it’s royally unlikely this president is going to accept the decision and give up his claim to the throne.

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