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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Congress: FBI Should Seek A Warrant To Level Capitol

Despite the Executive securing a warrant to raid Congress, the Congressional "leadership" whines the FBI did something unconstitutional. Yet, when flagrantly invading American homes and private communications without a required warrant. . .

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Summary via Glenn/Instapundit from Volokh, and possibly something a majority of voters can agree: Thwap.

Reconstructed: Summary Argument

1. Don't be fooled that Congress is woried about rights; it's really concnered with power. But the wrong kind: It should be concerned that the Executive is asserting judical power.

2. The key is to notice what Congress does, not what it says. Many years of greater abuses (illegal wars, violation of Constitution, Rendition, and torture) received little concern.

3. Congress is asserting a "concern" for the Constitution, yet did not show that concern when real violations occurred against American civilians.

3. The FBI search was consistent with court oversight and a warrant. Congress is silent on matters where there is no warrant, but one is required.

4. Next time, FBI should get a warrant to level the Capitol: Time to remove the illusion of a Republic and Democracy. After the reality sinks in, the world and American public will finally face reality: This is a dictatorship which this Congress freely assents to.

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False claim: That there are rules "designed to protect the Congress and the American people from abuses of power"

Wrong, absurd, and disingenuous. The Constitution and rules protect the People. Congress, on the other hand was divided into two houses to further protect the People from an abusive Congress.

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False Claims: That Congress was concerned with the Constitution.

Congress would have more credibility if it asserted the powers it has -- impeach, investigate, and or funds -- rather than posture over issue of privilege.

No American should take seriously consider the Pelosi-Hastert letter. They've failed to assert their powers on real issues. If the current siren song is to be believed, then the Congress would be more vocal than before.

The fact that Congress, despite knowing the problem with oversight and violations, does nothing (by way of halting nominations, or cutting off funds) is all we need to know: Congress is not serious about what it says.

Any claim that they will look into this matter with a Judiciary Hearing are laughable. Again, they ignored the bigger abuses; any review at this time cannot be taken seriously.

Their inaction since 2001 speaks volumes.