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John Gibson defends Bush, bashes Democrats - SSDD

Reported by Chrish - January 24, 2006

John Gibson used his "My Word" segment of The Big Story today 1/23/06 to once again reiterate the bogus talking points that a.) Democrats don't want the NSA to monitor international calls from would-be terrorists and b.) complying with FISA requirements is too unwieldy and that is why Bush chose to ignore the law. He accused Democrats of trying to win the argument by sheer repitition, an accusation so evilly Rovian that you just have to laugh.

Here's a transcript:

Democrats need a plan to combat the new attack coming their way from Karl Rove, the man leading (Bush)'s offensive this week on the once-upon-a-time secret wiretapping program. I've been saying this same thing for weeks and weeks*, often to counter some argument about the Constitution my friend the judge (Andrew Napolitano) makes.

Americans get it. We were reminded last week that Osama still wants to kill us and the country we live in. And we understand that he claims to have people already in our country plotting our demise. So when you say, as Bush is saying, "If Al Qaeda is calling someone in America, we want to know what they're saying on that call," Americans say, "Yeah, we sure do want to know."

If Democrats are going to argue against that position by saying you're not obeying the 1978 FISA law which requires a warrant every time you listen to an Al Qaeda call, they have lost the argument before it even begins.

Now that doesn't mean the Dems won't try to make that argument and, *by pure repetition, hope it wins. But it won't. The polls show it won't. People may not like the Iraq war, but they get it that the Al Qaeda phone call thing. And ... if the current president was named Gore, Clinton or Kerry the American people would make any one of them do the same thing. The rule goes like this: Nobody should die because politicians want a judge to dot every i and cross every t.

Now Judge Napolitano is off sick today, and somewhere he is screaming or clucking his tongue or just shaking his head.

It may not fit the parameters of the parchment, but it doesn't mean we don't care about the Constitution or the protections it provides us. But we all know we're not calling Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda isn't calling us. So if Al Qaeda is calling my neighbor, tap him. Find out what is going on between my neighbor and some terrorist overseas.

If the Dems can't beat that argument with something short and to the point, "It's the Constitution, stupid." " Where's the Fourth Amendment?", something a whole lot better than either of those, then the Dems lose this argument.

That's My Word.

Comments: Judge Andrew Napolitano didn't look the slightest bit sick last Thursday when he vigorously defended the rule of law and the strength of the Constitution, but, well, 'tis the season. Had Gibson been listening to what the Democrats and his friend the JUDGE have been saying, most Americans, Democrats included (they are Americans too, John) approve of "wiretapping" international contacts if there is reason to believe one or both of the parties is a foreign terrorist. Fine! It's tapping Americans at home without a warrant that's illegal and un-Constitutional and should have all patriotic Americans screaming. We have nothing to hide either, we just want to be FREE of government surveillance. FREE, get it?

And there's the beef, which Gibson and all the other Bush supporters at FOX are trying to hide. If there is probable cause for the surveillance they can get it approved retroactively; no waiting for i-dotting or t-crossing. If three days isn't enough then by all means, change it to five, or seven. But surveillance without some kind of check is against the Constitution, and Bush swore to uphold the Constitution. All of it.

As for the repitition thing, hahahahaha. We have over twenty entries in the last month (and that's the tip of the iceberg) documenting FOX talking heads trying to obfuscate the issue of Bush authorizing spying, without legal authorization before OR after, on Americans. THAT is the issue, not terrorists.

And John, "It's the Constitution, stupid." That piece of parchment you so blithely dismiss ensures our way of life. If you don't love it, leave it.

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