. . . Tuesday December 20, 2005

Pulling the Plug on Power Play

A federal judge has resigned in a protest related the to the Bush surveillance spy program:

A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush’s secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson, one of 11 members of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, sent a letter to Chief Justice John D. Roberts Jr. late Monday notifying him of his resignation without providing an explanation.

Two associates familiar with his decision said yesterday that Robertson privately expressed deep concern that the warrantless surveillance program authorized by the president in 2001 was legally questionable and may have tainted the FISA court’s work.

This latest scandal will require kid gloves by the Dems. The key is to focus on the un-needed abuse of power and to avoid grand pronouncements about law enforcement overstepping bounds.

Most Americans are cool with torture and warrant-free eavesdropping if it’s couched in the idea protecting us from the bad guys. That’s why Bush is being so overly aggressive in his defiant defense of the program. He sees it as a road back up the approval trail, not another wound.

But people do not like those in power to go above, below and around the law. That is where the focus needs to be. Visualize the constitution being violated, not the rights of suspected terrorists.

Concentration is important!