I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

The simplicity of the NSA scandal

As is often the case, the discussion of the NSA law-breaking scandal in the blogosphere has been infinitely more thorough, informed and informative than in all of the mainstream newspapers, magazines and television programs combined. Eriposte at The Left Coaster has posted a superb compilation of all of the arguments and evidence marshaled by the blogosphere which negate each pro-Bush talking point on this issue.

What this compilation reflects is the persistent clarity and simplicity of this issue. The eavesdropping on American citizens which Bush ordered (and continues to order) is a criminal offense under the law. Thus, the only way to defend George Bush is to argue -- as the Administration has been shamelessly arguing -- that he has the right to act in violation of this law (and others). As long as Bush opponents hammer at that point, I believe this scandal will not disappear until there is some serious accountability from the Administration, including punishment for all Administration officials who broke the law.

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