I watched the NSA hearings today. I have seen many of the conservative blogs that are all ra-ra over it.
Take a second and think. Think about the amount of power you are vesting the in president with this "inherent constitutional authority." This issue is so much bigger than just tapping phones or reading e-mail.
This boils down to potentially giving the president unlimited authority in a time of war and for him to fight the war "as he sees fit."
The war on terrorism is a war that we will not see the end of in most of our lifetimes. We are not talking about another year or two. We are talking about your kids and possibly your grand kids. You want to grant the president the authority not only to ignore congress in the next session, but the next generation. Do you ever think there will be a declaration of victory? Not one that you or I will ever see.
And for all of you who are Bush fans and trust him. The next president will not be Bush. I can guarantee you that.
Guess what... it might not even be a Republican.
So, before you go ga-ga over NSA spying. Think about the amount of power that you will be vesting in one man (or woman). Think about the programs beyond terrorism that inherent power to protect us could incorporate. Think about what you are handing down to your kids.
Luckily, it is not just a right-left issue (Activists on Right, GOP Lawmakers Divided on Spying). But, apparently, the president considered making the program bigger but didn't because of 'negative publicity.' Not constitutional rights, mind you, but publicity (Gonzales Defends Surveillance)