The Polite Liberal

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The Polite Liberal is the pseudonym of a "nontraditional" graduate student in mathematics (for nonacademics, "nontraditional," is a polite way of saying, "older than 25.") The Polite Liberal is an attempt to spur real policy debate, instead of partisan insults and conspiracy theories. Conservatives (and liberals, of course!) are welcome.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Rove speaks

So, Rove has crawled out from under the taint of his links to the Plame leaks to accuse me and my political allies of disagreeing with this statement:

"Let me be as clear as I can: President Bush believes if al-Qaida is calling somebody in America, it is in our national security interest to know who they're calling and why,"

Of course it is. No-one---from the ACLU to the John Birch society---disagrees with this. We simply thing that Bush should be forced to prove to a FISA court that such a link exists and get a warrant. We don't even require that it be done ahead of time--the law just requires an after-the-fact warrant if there's a pressing need for speed.

It's our refusal to trade our liberty for security that makes us Americans. We don't let the police kick down any door they might want to, unless they can present a reason to a judge, because Americans are secure in our homes. We don't let the government spy on our telephone conversations without due cause, because we are entitled to our privacy unless the government has cause to suspect us of a crime. What's key here? The government needs to put a case before our independent judicial branch before it gets to breach our privacy, even in pursuit of the worst of criminals.

If the administration thinks the current restrictions are too harsh, it should ask Congress that they be changed. If it thinks that any restrictions are too harsh and should be ignored for the good of all Americans, it should find some other country to run. We're not such cowards as that.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

In lieu of email, which I don't see a link for here...

Thanks for the comment at my site, and for the Salon link. I'll update my post accordingly later. As much as I've campaigned against the "plastic turkey" meme, I certainly don't want to be guilty of spreading similar urban legends.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous carlo-6 said...

Well said! Definitely, Americans are not cowards who will trade their liberty for security. The administration is the one who is feeling the pangs of panic, thinking that another 9/11 would make them look like a bunch of losers.

6:36 PM  

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