George Bush has flagrantly ordered questionable and probably illegal covert electronic surveillance of American citizens. The laws uf our country prohibit the NSA (National Security Agency), tasked with intelligence gathering overseas, from spying on citizens in the US or conducting
"electronic surveillance was authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order of a court of competent jurisdiction," according to the law.The President has admitted to ordering the NSA to do just that. After the Nixon Administration was found to be spying on citizens, laws were written to prevent this outrage from occurring again. The FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court was set up to review these cases quickly and carefully. To date they have had hundreds of requests and denied a few more than 20. It isn't as though the government would have a great deal of trouble getting the warrants necessary, but they bypassed the FISA Courts anyway.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Department of Defense has been spying on Quaker Meeting Houses deeming them a "threat"! This is yet another example of the Bush Administration's disregard for the laws of this land and of the Constitution itself, to which the President swore to uphold. The Bill of Rights contains this passage:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.