|May 11, 2006||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
Hayden Enabled the Breaking of the Law: Tyranny Creeps in on the Feet
Okay, BuzzFlash has to admit it.
Sometimes, we feel like we are in an auditorium, watching a cliched, tiresome play. We notice smoke and then fire licking at the side walls of the theater. We start to shout, "Fire, Fire!"
But no one seems to hear. The audience just sits in rapt attention, in deep thrall as the soap opera unfolds on stage.
Take for instance, yesterday.
General Hayden "made the rounds" on Capitol Hill and the mainstream press reported on what a nice reception he received. Olympia Snow, the moderate Republican -- for election purposes only -- announced she would likely vote for him, and others chimed in. Once again, even though Bush's polls are lower than a limbo bar lying on a floor, the Bush fairy dust (or is it political anthrax) has descended on Capitol Hill -- and the media is treating it as just another appointment, albeit with a little bit of mild controversy, but nothing serious mind you.
We've railed against the appointment of Hayden since the White House first leaked that he was going to be nominated immediately after Goss walked the plank for any number of reasons not disclosed to us. We've stated a number of reservations, but nothing is more egregious and dangerous to our Constitution than that Hayden oversaw the Bush Administration's illegal foreign and domestic spying while head of the NSA.
In short, Hayden is a lawbreaker. The courts haven't determined that yet, but if you brazenly rob a bank and there are a hundred witnesses (in this case about 300 million), then you broke the law. Bush even admits he made an "end run" around the FISA court and law passed by Congress. Hayden oversaw the implementation of the illegal activity. Case closed.
Today, USA Today reports, in detail, that Bush, with hard evidence proving that he lied, authorized domestic spying, particularly the gathering of information on nearly every phone call made in the United States. This is illegal and an abonimal affront to the Constitution. This is, as we note in our headline, something that would make the late Leonid Brezhnev proud of Bush -- and Hayden, the Pentagon apparatchik, who saw it through.
But there's more (much more than we can detail in this editorial). Hayden refused to tell a Congressional hearing awhile back that the NSA was not spying for political purposes. Similarly, Alberto "Consigliere" Gonzales, at a Congressional hearing, would not answer the same question. In short, the Bush administration is, it appears, spying for political purposes.
The great efficiency of a one-party Soviet style system of political tyranny is that you can prevent any court from ruling that you are engaging in criminal behavior. That is why the Busheviks are obsessed with packing the courts with party hacks.
For instance, it was two GOP partisan judges, led by the Zelig of GOP federal hack judges, David Sentelle, who overturned the Iran-Contra convictions of Olive North and John Poindexter. (In a pathetically ironic turn of events, it was John Poindexter, who Bush had appointed to a mysterious domestic data spying position who came up with the kind of software that NSA is using to spy on us.)
Furthermore, a story we are featuring today notes that the Justice Department cannot investigate the NSA spying because -- and of course this is the cover story -- the NSA won't give Justice Department investigators security clearances to find out if the NSA broke the law. In short, the fix is in. It's Soviet style injustice in which no one is held accountable and in which the Bush Administration can break the law at will, including domestic spying for political purposes.
And the spineless elected elite on Capitol Hill will just mouth a few reservations and then vote for Hayden to head the CIA, thus making a Politburo/KGB style control of our government nearly complete.
You know that Cheney and Rove are behind all of this, with Rumsfeld and Negroponte (both utter failures at their jobs, which puts our lives at risk) going along. (The leaked stories that Hayden might be at odds with Rumsfeld are just a Rovian ruse.)
The mainstream media, of course, are de facto accomplices to all of this, as we pointed out in our review of the new book "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush." They might write a few revealing stories, but they are incapable of connecting the treasonous dots -- and unwilling to do so because it would likely damage their careers.
To sum it up: We have a runaway, rogue administration committing illegal acts against the American people. Of the many criminal activities -- and chronic lying -- of the Busheviks, the incursion into domestic spying on American citizens and spying for political purposes is perhaps the most serious movement toward Soviet-style powers yet. (Their foreign policy crimes, including the War in Iraq, include other sorts of international legal violations. And, of course, their are other criminal acts, like the betrayal of our national security in "PlameGate.")
But, already, just a few days after the inexplicable resignation of Porter Goss, we have descended into the Bush/media collaborative fog zone, in which UnConstitutional and illegal behavior becomes something to be glossed over.
We hear senators saying, "We'll have to wait for the hearings." We've been through this charade so many times, you could already write Hayden's script.
Forget the hearings. Call them off. They are meaningless.
Hayden is an accomplice to crimes against the Constitution and illegal behavior. The Bush administration is having the NSA and Justice Department collude to prevent any investigation that would make Hayden -- and Bush -- prosecutable (or in the case of Bush provide additional evidence for impeachment).
Despite the "business as usual" air on the Hill and among the Stepford media (beholden to large corporate conglomerates who will do anything to keep the White House and Republican leadership from retaliating against them with measures and actions that might affect their profits), BuzzFlash urges Americans to remember that they have a Constitution, a system of laws, and guaranteed rights.
The Bush Administration and General Hayden are acting in violation of these principles that are the very foundation of our American system of government.
However pleasant and professional Hayden may seem, he has participated in criminal acts sanctioned by the White House. This is called breaking the law.
Those in the Senate who vote for him are voting to violate the Constitution and to condone illegal behavior. That is why in the mid-term elections, there needs to be a clean sweep of the Hill.
The power elite can't recognize the difference between upholding the Constitution and taking orders from the Bush Politburo. Bush and Hayden (along with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, and Libby) should be in jail; but the senators who give Hayden a green light don't deserve to be in office. They too are enablers to violations of the law.
As for the media stenographers, we suggest an appropriate atonement for their sins in failing to reveal the lies, law breaking and failures of the Bush Administration -- we suggest that they be sent to fight on the front lines in Iraq. That would give a new meaning to "embedded reporter."
It might just lead them to the reality adjustment that they sorely need.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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