Sunday, January 25, 2009

There's Always a Reason

Why was it, back during the last full year of our long national nightmare, that our shining hope, then-Senator Obama, voted to immunize the telecoms for their illegal collaboration with the Bush Regime's illegal wholesale wiretapping program? Easy. He already knew there was an excellent chance he'd succeed the Chimpster, and he had absolutely no inclination to break a toy he was about to inherit:
The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.

In a filing in San Francisco federal court, President Barack Obama adopted the same position as his predecessor. With just hours left in office, President George W. Bush late Monday asked U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to stay enforcement of an important Jan. 5 ruling admitting key evidence into the case.

Thursday's filing by the Obama administration marked the first time it officially lodged a court document in the lawsuit asking the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the Bush administration's warrantless-eavesdropping program. The former president approved the wiretaps in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"The Government's position remains that this case should be stayed," the Obama administration wrote (.pdf) in a filing that for the first time made clear the new president was on board with the Bush administration's reasoning in this case.

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The Obama administration is also siding with the former administration in its legal defense of July legislation that immunizes the nation's telecommunications companies from lawsuits accusing them of complicitity in Bush's eavesdropping program, according to testimony last week by incoming Attorney General Eric Holder.

That immunity legislation, which Obama voted for when he was a U.S. senator from Illinois, was included in a broader spy package that granted the government wide-ranging, warrantless eavesdropping powers on Americans' electronic communications.
Now, when a few years go by with no war-crimes prosecutions of the Bush Regime war criminals, why will that be? I think we can safely leave the answer to that as an exercise for the student. Quite an easy exercise, too, I think.

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