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The Constitution Is Not A Legal Technicality


The indespensible Crooks and Liars has a great clip of Jonathon Turley discussing the illegal NSA domestic spying. Turley disgust and anger is palpible — watch the clip and see if you don’t agree with me on that. And it is anger not just at the Bush Administration for treating our Constitution as if it were some piece of paper filled with legal technicalities — but he is also furious with Congress for their rubber stamp roll-over on this issue.

…the fact that it was so quick as a suggestion shows the inclinations unfortunately of this administration-it treats the constitution like some legal technicality, and instead of the thing we’re trying to fight to protect.

Go watch the whole clip. It’s worth a few minutes of your time this morning. 

A housekeeping matter: We’ve removed Kerry and Menendez from the Lions box on the Feingold censure resolution until we can get a firm answer from both their offices on Monday whether the current position is for, against, or on the fence. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving them in the Lions category at this point, because we’ve gotten some mixed signals the last couple of days via regular posters in the comments and via e-mail.

If there was some mistake in putting them there in the first place (as in a staffer in a local office told one reader one thing, and the DC office was saying another), or if someone just got wrong information and passed it along — whatever — I want to give both Senator’s offices the opportunity to give us the full scoop. And I will pass that information along here on Monday or whenever I can get someone on the record about it.

We don’t want to push information that is no longer correct, because that just isn’t right — but at the same time, I’m not saying that either of these Senators won’t go right back up on Monday if their offices confirm they are supporting the Feingold resolution. It’s just the weekend and I can’t exactly get a complete answer until Monday, so this is how Jane and I have decided to handle it in the meantime. Don’t read anything into it other than we’ll let you know something certain when we know something certain for ourselves. I hope that’s clear for everyone — but if you have questions, post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Also, if you’ve heard news from either Senator’s office in the last coupla days — please feel free to share it in the comments. It isn’t fair to tar a Senator with mixed messages coming from staffers who may or may not have been overly-eager, nor is it fair to blame a mixed message on a staffer if it is coming from the elected official. Which is why we will endeavor to get the full and complete scoop for everyone on Monday. (If there are Senators other than Kerry and Menendez that you feel we ought to contact on this as well, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.) Thanks everyone!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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