The existence of another secret White House memo giving the President of the United States justifications for violating U.S. law and the Constitution has been discovered.
This memo, exposed by a footnote in another anti-Constitutional White House memo that was forced into public view by the ACLU at the end of March, was written on October 23, 2001, and concludes that military agents can spy against American citizens because “Our office recently concluded that the Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations.”
Domestic military operations?!?
What exactly are the domestic military operations that have been going on in the United States? Who did the American military spy against, and when did they do it? How many American citizens were spied against? What was done with the information? What knowledge did President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have about these domestic military spying operations against people within the borders of the United States?
We need answers, and we need them now. It appears that the Bush White House was engaged in a domestic spying program against Americans that is much larger than anything that has been so far revealed. It appears that way, but the American people need to know for sure.
The second secret secret memo must be released to the American public now, so that a proper debate can be held, so that completely-informed investigations can be conducted, and so that we citizens can push our elected officials to take action to bring the White House back under full control of the law.
The Bush White House says that it is no longer conducting secret domestic military spy programs against people in the United States. Why should we believe them? President Bush himself said in the past that there were no searches taking place at all without warrants. He was lying. How do we know the White House isn’t lying now?
There’s one good way to know. That is an unrestricted investigation of the Bush White House with full subpoena authority for all White House officials, including the President and Vice President, and access to all relevant government documents, without restriction.
That investigation should begin now, and if the President of the United States obstructs it, he should be impeached. Period.
Will the Democrats in Congress have the guts to exercise their constitutional authority to establish such an investigation? Don’t bet on it. For one thing, there are several members of the Democratic congressional leadership who appear to have been mixed up in this spying program from the start.
Let’s remember this as an historical lesson. The next time there’s a national emergency, and politicians tell us that we all need to rally behind the President, we should say no. Our democracy must operate continually, through good times and bad, and the branches of government must always operate separately as checks on each other’s power.
We should rally behind our democracy, not behind our President.