So lemme see if I have this straight:
The President of the United States, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, has knowingly, wantonly and now publicly authorized the violation of citizens’ rights? He’s publicly admitted to this… defending his actions with the same rationale used to justify the Patriot Act?
I draw several conclusions:
- The Patriot Act doesn’t work. If they need to bypass it and work around it, then it’s useless. Do away with it. Here and here
- The President has committed crimes against the people of the United States. Impeachment is called for. Let’s start with 30 counts of Abuse of Power. How about 30 counts of violation of civil liberties. And how about 30 counts of violating his Oath of Office.
- Congress is derelict. They are wholly and individually responsible for this
There is no justification.
Defenders state that “the President is charged with protecting the people of the United States”. That’s specious:
”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
By extension it’s his job to protect the people, but his first and primary obligation is to the Constitution. For him to side step the Constitution is unforgivable.
These are dark days indeed.