President Bush secretly authorized the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying.
Bush says he signed NSA wiretap order. "He's trying to claim somehow that the authorization for the Afghanistan attack after 9/11 permitted this, and that's just absurd," Sen. Russ Feingold said. "There's not a single senator or member of Congress who thought we were authorizing wiretaps."
Bush's unchecked Executive power v. the Founding principles of the U.S.: "Underlying all of the excesses and abuses of executive power claimed by the Bush Administration is a theory of absolute, unchecked power vested in the Presidency which literally could not be any more at odds with the central, founding principles of this country."
Washington Monthly: "For a President to order violations of the law meets my criteria for impeachment. This is exactly what got Nixon in trouble: he ordered his subordinates to obstruct justice. To the extent that the two cases differ, the differences make what Bush did worse: after all, it's not as though warrants are hard to get, or the law makes no provision for emergencies. Bush could have followed the law had he wanted to. He chose to set it aside. And this is something that no American should tolerate."
This is surely the most impeachable thing he's done yet. But let me remind you why that is maybe not such a good strategy:
- Vice President - Dick Cheney
- Speaker of the House of Representatives - Dennis Hastert
- President Pro Tempore of the Senate - Ted Stevens
(See also "Who The Fuck Is Ted Stevens?")
- Secretary of State - Condoleeza Rice
- Secretary of the Treasury - John W. Snow
- Secretary of Defense - Donald Rumsfeld
- Attorney General - Alberto "Torture Lawyer" Gonzalez
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of Commerce
- Secretary of Labor
- Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Secretary of Transportation
- Secretary of Energy
- Secretary of Education
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs