Who will protect us from our protectors?
Wired News is reporting that the DOJ has dropped its investigation of the NSA's warrantless wiretaps of US citizens because the NSA won't give the DOJ lawyers security clearance. If somebody (ie. congress) doesn't step in and protect the American people, this is extremely disturbing--the Bush administration violates any law they want (including the Constitution), they classify critical information about the violation, they deny opponents access to the classified information, the republican congress doesn't stand up to him (sadly, I'm expecting they won't...again), and there goes our democracy.
I used to call myself a republican. Then I called myself an independant who usually sided with the republicans. Until Bush is either held accountable or given the boot, I can no longer do that. If my republican congressional representatives won't provide the checks and balances against an out of control executive that the Constitution demands, I cannot continue to offer them my support. At this point, I'm hoping that the democracts will gain control of the congress at the mid-term elections for no other reason than to ensure that Bush is stopped. If the republicans decide to step up and call Bush out before the elections, they'll have earned back my support, but otherwise, they'll have a lot of work to do over the next two years to earn back my trust.