Times editorial on Bush warrantless surveillance gets it: We have a "Constitutional crisis"
Here. Of course, the headline is terrible:
A Spy Program in From the Cold
WTF does that mean? I think it means that the program is coming in from the cold of illegality, to legality, but the rest of the editorial makes that interpretation dubious. Of course, in the LeCarre novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, the spy is ultimately betrayed, and shot, by his masters, since it's expedient that one man die for the good of the people.
The presidentâ€™s decision hardly ends this constitutional crisis. Among other things, the public needs to know why Mr. Bush broke the law for more than five years and what should be done to ensure there will be no more abuses of the wiretap statute.
In addition, unlike the WaPo and Times
news departments stenography cesspools, Times editors are clear that we need to know a lot more about what Bush and Abu Gonzales have actually done before pronouncing this sad chapter in the long book of Republican abuses of power closed:
There are still some big unanswered questions. For one thing, because the new warrant process is secret, we donâ€™t know whether the court has issued a blanket approval for wiretapping, which would undermine the intent of the law, or whether the administration agreed to seek individual warrants.
This is no "compromise".
It's a Constitutional crisis.
What does it take to get everyone in the reality based community to treat this like the huge story it is?