With apology to whatever comedian uttered the orginal line.
So, a fellow who claims that one of the most fundamental Consitutional rights, does not exist, is nominated to run the CIA.
What else would you expect from this class of clowns, who seem to think the law is what they say it is, rather than what plain English and the Constitution says it is.
In January, Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club:
Here begins borrowed text
Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."
Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."
Landay: "But the --"
Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."
Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."
Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."
Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"
Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."
Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "
Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'"
here we end the borrowed text
So, apparently the General cannot read, or, maybe, it is early Alzheimers.
Quoting the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Under the guise of "opening a discussion" Bush wants Congress to grant him the power to use the US Military, within the United States, for police powers.
Using another manufactured crisis, this time the "Bird Flu", he attempts to sow fear amongst the populace, that this as yet non existent pandemic will require "quarantines" that only the military could enforce.
Can Congress, the media and the people be so gullible and forgetful of history that they will accept this nonsense?
Even Conservative "think tank" people warn that this step is fought with danger and could mean the end of the American Republic.
The country handled the flu pandemic in of 1918 just fine, without a Dictator.
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