As it turns out, the Bush administration acted in response to 9/11 in every wild and extraordinary way—and in response to the anthrax attacks in next to no way at all. Put the two together and what you can see is the degree to which the costs of 9/11, whether in Iraq or at home, are the responsibility not of the attackers, whose damaging acts were violent in the extreme, spectacular, and limited, but the Bush administration.
I agree with Mike Malloy—it is important that Jesus II not be censured, so as not to prejudice his impeachment. Either this impeachment is forthcoming, or we are a feckless people, and let's not jump to the conclusion that we are a feckless people. Let that conclusion require more consideration.
It's a shame for Conyers to be involved in this, but he is not 100% free of Democratic Wimp Syndrome.
More Mike Malloy, who's substituting for Randi Rhodes. It's good (though not surprising) to hear that Malloy considers the behavior of the New York Times as more shameful than the behavior of Jesus II. If the New York Times had not sat on the story, Jesus II might be retired to his pig farm, surrounded by Secret Service agents. Instead, here we are.
Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.