First off, we KNOW that the Refucks have gotten into the files of Democratic legislators, reading emails and memos, using some to formulate strategies on judicial and other nominees, and simply leaking some to the press. This was not (just) during Nixon's reign, but Bush's.
Next, we KNOW that Bush began his warrantless wiretapping/data mining Long before 9-11; in February of 2001; roughly one month after he took office. Qwest, upon advice from their own lawyers, refused to cooperate.
Going back to Nixon, we have the Watergate break-in and the break-in, not (just) of Daniel Ellsberg's office, but of his Psychiatrist's office. Just a couple of examples from Tricky Dicky's bag of dirty "tricks."
And let's not even get into who J. Edgar Hoover spied upon: Everyone from Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra, to LBJ and JFK.
So spying within the American government on itself is nothing new. Hell, I'll bet even Jimmy Carter wanted to know who had lust in their hearts, but to what end? WHY all the spying?
Knowledge is power, and while we KNOW Dubya has no love of knowledge, we also know that he is obsessed with power. He needs it even more than his booze and his coke. Having things done his way is... There is no other way, so...
We look at spying from an historical point of view, and we look at the Democrats rolling over time and again, and especially as they have since November '06; we look at how no one from Dubya's inner circle has appeared before Congress and we even look at how David Vitter and Larry Craig still DO sit there, and we, or at least I, have to wonder, like Thom did today:
What do those White House mother fuckers have on Pelosi? Hoyer? Reid? Obama? ???
Oh... If you heard Ed Schultze's interview with Obama last week... his crap about su[pporting this latest FISA giveaway, that it's OK because there's an "Exclusivity clause" in it...? Obama's full of shit.
With minor exceptions, FISA authorizes electronic surveillance only upon certain specified showings, and only if approved by a court. The statute specifically allows for warrantless wartime domestic electronic surveillance—but only for the first fifteen days of a war. 50 U.S.C. § 1811. It makes criminal any electronic surveillance not authorized by statute, id. § 1809; and it expressly establishes FISA and specified provisions of the federal criminal code (which govern wiretaps for criminal investigation) as the "exclusive means by which electronic surveillance...may be conducted," 18 U.S.C. § 2511(2)(f) (emphasis added).The Department of Justice concedes that the NSA program was not authorized by any of the above provisions.
Read more here:
On NSA Spying: A Letter to Congress