After first denying it, Bush happily admits that he has authorized wire-taps without using the proper constitutional procedures.
Even far-right republican Bob Barr has called Bush on the illegality:
"BOB BARR, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: What's wrong with it is several-fold. One, it's bad policy for our government to be spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency. Secondly, it's bad to be spying on Americans without court oversight. And thirdly, it's bad to be spying on Americans apparently in violation of federal laws against doing it without court order....
Well, the fact of the matter is that the Constitution is the Constitution, and I took an oath to abide by it. My good friend, my former colleague, Dana Rohrabacher, did and the president did. And I don't really care very much whether or not it can be justified based on some hypothetical. The fact of the matter is that, if you have any government official who deliberately orders that federal law be violated despite the best of motives, that certainly ought to be of concern to us."
Where is the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee on this?
King ought to denounce the criminality of Bush and his Attorney General Gonzales.
Sadly, it's shoot the messenger time. Bush supporters are trying to attack the media for exposing the crimes of this administration. The right-wing blogs are starting their defense by attacking the media.
Bush started the ball rolling on Friday "This is a highly classified program that is crucial to our national security. Its purpose is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, our friends and allies. Yesterday the existence of this secret program was revealed in media reports, after being improperly provided to news organizations. As a result, our enemies have learned information they should not have, and the unauthorized disclosure of this effort damages our national security and puts our citizens at risk. Revealing classified information is illegal, alerts our enemies, and endangers our country."
When the Bush administration committed treason by offering the media the name of an undercover CIA operative and the media reported the story of the treason, King got his marching orders and went on the attack. King wanted the media "shot" and Karl Rove the suspected leaker given a medal.
King seems to love Bush breaking the law.
Will King defend the administration now?
Here's a gem from a fervent Bush supporter, Congressman Rohrbacher (R-CA) has no use for the constitution because "Well, I'll tell you something, if a nuclear weapon goes off in Washington, DC, or New York or Los Angeles, it'll burn the Constitution as it does. So I'm very happy we have a president that's going to wiretap people's communication with people overseas to make sure that they're not plotting to blow up one of our cities."