Friday, December 23, 2005

9/11: A Magic Lesson From The President

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No, you're not going crazy. It's magic. Take this for example:

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.

...The authorization I gave the National Security Agency after September the 11th helped address that problem in a way that is fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities. The activities I have authorized make it more likely that killers like these 9/11 hijackers will be identified and located in time. And the activities conducted under this authorization have helped detect and prevent possible terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad.


This is what President Bush said after it was revealed that he had authorized illegal spying on Americans (Source: CNN.com).

Now let's set aside the fact that it's insanely easy to get a LEGAL eavesdropping request approved by the court that oversees such things. That in an emergency you can LEGALLY proceed with an unapproved wiretap as long as you give notice to the court after the fact.

Setting aside all that, a huge question remains...If he truly wasn't doing anything wrong, why did Bush have to go behind the backs of the American people to do this?

Bush's answer? You guessed it: 9/11. It's not hard to see that the tragedy of Sept. 11 is the best thing that ever happened to the Bush Administration. When confronted with such damaging truths such as, oh I don't know, let's say ordering illegal spying on U.S. citizens, all Bush has to do is wave the magic wand of 9/11 and those confronting him with the truth turn into...terrorists.

Watching all this, you're probably thinking something like: 'Hey, how'd he do that? One second I was looking at some people exposing illegal activity and the next they turned into terrorists!' or 'Wait a second, if he broke the law then how come he's not going to jail?'

No, you're not hallucinating. There's a simple answer to all your questions: it's the magic of 9/11.

Yes those poor office workers and firefighters didn't know it at the time, but they were in danger of dying for nothing. Luckily the President and those of like-mind came to the rescue and did the only thing that would bring true meaning to the tragedy of Sept. 11: use it to cover their ass and further their own agenda.

The magic of 9/11 is endless. It turns reporters into terrorists. Truths into lies. Questions into silence. It's no great surprise then that one of the very first things President Bush mentioned in response to the illegal spying scandal was 9/11. It's the magical get out of jail free card that's served him so well over the years.

Why don't more people see through this? Why isn't there a huge uproar every time some two-faced politician, especially the President, shamelessly desecrates the memory of those who died on that horrible day just to get their way??

I guess that's the magic of 9/11.

More:

'Would You Accept A Gift From Osama?'

'Bush's Snoopgate'

'Federal Judge Resigns To Protest Bush's Spying Program'

'Bush: Spying program to continue'

'Power We Didn't Grant'

The New York Times article that broke the story.

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'Bush Announces Do-Not-Wiretap List'

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