I really shouldn’t look at CNN.com right after dinner…makes it kind of hard to keep the meal down.
“I’m mindful of your civil liberties, and so I had all kinds of lawyers review the process. We briefed members of the United States Congress … about this program.”
The article goes on about all the reasons he thought he had to do what he did. Good enough. Here’s the kicker: it doesn’t matter whether Americans agree with him or not. I must have missed the part of the Constitution which says “this document is rendered null & void if the person violating it does so for a good reason.” I get that he thought he was doing the right thing. “A” for good intentions, as warped as I personally think they are. I’ll remember that when he’s impeached. Contrary to what some may think, impeachment is not a moral punishment.
He doesn’t get it. First Congress needs to pass a law. You don’t “brief” a few of your cronies and think that counts. After you have your law, the only lawyers whose opinion matters are the nine who work at that big white building across from the Capitol. You can’t miss them. They wear the black robes and have job security.