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"Your 'reality', sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever."
— Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von M√ľnchhausen


While perusing a Chris Sells' blog, I came across a heated discussion of the possibility of Dubya being impeached over this spying business. People were making comparisons to Clinton's impeachment, discussing the legality of the issue, and someone commented that a liberal perspective must come from working for Microsoft. This prompted this vitriolic reply:

someone said: "Why does it seem that DotNet people who are otherwise talented and entertaining people, feel the need to be liberal?"

perhaps because most coders are quite smart, and not (in my experience) the kind of people who'll readily swallow "intelligent design", "you're either with us our against us", or any of the other theocratic fascist hogwash spouted by that ridiculous monkey and his band of genocidal organ-grinders...

—Jon Rowett, Monday, December 19, 2005 1:47 AM
But the best things I gleaned from the debate (other than the sheer enjoyment of seeing the president called a "ridiculous monkey") were some of the links posted by "Shawn"; they're very informative from a legal perspective, and that's why I have chosen to share. The first comes from a cryptography newsgroup, and it summarizes the argument succintly, and provides a link directly to the relevant law regarding electronic surveillance. The second is an article from Washington Monthly that does a great job of framing the discussion in its legal context.

Sadly, the chances of impeaching this clown are slim, being that his cronies own both the House and the Senate, but I've always dared to dream. Clinton was impeached for considering himself above the law that said he could not lie under oath. Bush should be impeached for considering himself above the law that protects our privacy.


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