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Unclaimed Territory – by Glenn Greenwald: How to take a stand for your country

March 13, 2006

Unclaimed Territory – by Glenn Greenwald: How to take a stand for your country

How to take a stand for your country

(updated below)

I really encourage everyone to listen to the full interview which Sen. Russ Feingold gave today with George Stephanopolous on ABC’s This Week, in which Feingold announced that he was introducing a Resolution to censure George Bush for breaking the law with his warrantless eavesdropping program aimed at Americans. Crooks & Liars has the video of the full interview here. The full transcript of the interview is here.

As you listen to it, just imagine where this scandal would be if Democrats had simply come out from the beginning and taken a strong stand in defense of the rule of law and our constitutional principles, instead of listening to those worthless, fear-driven Beltway consultants who — as Feingold pointed out — counseled that Democrats should just allow Bush to break the law because it was too risky politically to oppose it.

All that was necessary from the beginning was to make three very simple and clear points, just as Feingold made them today:

(1) We all want eavesdropping on Al Qaeda and the law allows that;

(2) The problem isn’t that the President eavesdropped; it’s that he did it in a way that broke the law by eavesdropping without judicial oversight and approval, which Americans required in 1978 in order to prevent abuse of the eavesdropping power; and,

(3) We cannot maintain our constitutional republican form of government if the Congress stands by meekly and silently and allows the President to break the law, no matter what his intentions are. We did not declare martial law on 9/11. We are still a nation of laws and it is intolerable for the President to act illegally.

and Glenn also posted at Crooks & Liars, a conversation that he had with a Senior Democratic Senator staff member. They [Democratic Party] seem to almost fear, certainly dismiss, us “wackos” that read and post to liberal blogs. Well, that’s my take on it, Glenn expresses it better:

I have a post up today at Crooks and Liars regarding the bewildering and truly self-destructive refusal of so many national Democrats to have anything to do with the blogosphere, despite the fact that the blogosphere is really the only venue which can generate truly impassioned and vibrant citizen activism.

It’s my hope that Sen. Feingold’s office will be receptive from the beginning to exactly the sort of cooperation I reference in that post — cooperation which many national Democrats are simply afraid to pursue because they fear what Tim Russert, Chris Matthews and their Republican friends and colleagues will say about them if they have anything to do with the fringe, dirty, extremist masses in the blogosphere.

Maybe if we cc our support for Senator Feingold to the other Democratic Senators, it will make a dent in their delusions.

And in an Off Topic Snark: Katharine Harris has an announcement today about her senate campaign. I expect her to quit. YAY!! I’m hoping Liddy Dole and I finally agree on something 😉 I may write her to let her know.

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