Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Warrantless Searches Should Lead to Impeachment

Okay hippies, listen up:

There is no question. The President admitted he engaged the National Security Agency in warrantless searches of electronic communications. He did it, he's proud of it, and said he'll do it again.

He also said it was legal... somehow.

Well, here's the law, comrades:

50 USC §1809

Criminal sanctions
(a) Prohibited activities
A person is guilty of an offense if he intentionally—
(1) engages in electronic surveillance under color of law except as authorized by statute; or
(2) discloses or uses information obtained under color of law by electronic surveillance, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through electronic surveillance not authorized by statute.

(b) Defense
It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (a) of this section that the defendant was a law enforcement or investigative officer engaged in the course of his official duties and the electronic surveillance was authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(c) Penalties
An offense described in this section is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

(d) Federal jurisdiction
There is Federal jurisdiction over an offense under this section if the person committing the offense was an officer or employee of the United States at the time the offense was committed.

There's the law for violating the FISA statute. May we now please proceed to the articles of impeachment...

mojo sends

(P.S. hat tip to Rob in Baltimore)

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