There's a lot of big talk amongst US Democrats right now about what they'll do to President Bush if the Democrats gain control of the Senate in the November midterm elections.
War crimes prosecutions for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld is the Democratic long shot. Few of them seem to have the guts to want to take their justice-delivering that far.
But there is no shortage of lawyers and privacy experts who claim that President Bush clearly broke the law when he gave consent to widespread wiretapping of American citizens.
It will come as no surprise, then, to learn that a new bill in the Senate, dealing with the wiretapping issues, includes an essential clause that may prove to save Bush from the humiliation of a full-blown impeachement.
From CNSNews.com :
A bill now pending in the Senate would make the Bush administration's enemy wiretapping program more practical and flexible, removing all doubt about its legality. But that worries some of Bush's fiercest critics.Bush apparently regards the 'revised' bill as being "essential to fighting the 'War on Terror'.
According to one anti-Bush group, the bill "would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans without warrants."
In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Bush urged Congress to "modernize" the nation's electronic surveillance laws.
Bush says the NSA wiretapping/surveillance program allows the U.S. to "quickly monitor terrorist communications between someone overseas and someone in America," and he says it has helped prevent attacks on U.S. soil.
"The principle behind this program is clear: When al Qaeda operatives are calling into or out of our country, we need to know who they are calling, why they are calling, and what they are planning," Bush said.
And saving his arse.