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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

THE RULE OF LAW, UNDER BUSH


As you can read here, “the National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet communications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001.”

What is worse, “the volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, (…) it was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries”.

In the US, discussion about this somehow made a pathetic turn, for the Administration is claiming that all it did it did legally. Bush claims that spying on your fellow citizens is legal and I’m sure there is a gigantic team of layers at work, right now, in finding a legal way to corroborate Bush’s argument.

When Hitler came to power in Germany he also did it legally. Everything in Hitler’s Germany was legal. The trick was to turn illegality legal. Racism was legal, (Nuremberg laws) the trade unions were illegal, the Fuehrer’s infallibility was legal, etcetera…

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