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Update:  Crooks & Liars now has the Harry Taylor video up.   

Looks like someone unruly got into one of Bush’s canned public appearances in Charlotte, NC:

A man who identified himself as Harry Taylor rose at a forum here to tell Bush that he’s never felt more ashamed of the leadership of his country. He said Bush has asserted his right to tap phone calls without a warrant, to arrest people and hold them without charges and to revoke a woman’s right to an abortion, among other things.

He was booed by the audience, but Bush interrupted and urged the audience to let Taylor finish.

“I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration,” Taylor said, standing in a balcony seat and looking down at Bush on stage. “And I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and grace to be ashamed of yourself.”

Bush defended the National Security Adminsitration’s surveillance program, saying he authorized the program to protect the country.

“You said would I apologize for that?” Bush told him. “The answer is absolutely not.”

If today’s revelations contained in the Fitzgerald filing prove anything it is that George Bush’s defense of the Unitary Executive doctrine are a sham.  Bush constantly reinforces the lie that he must have unlimited powers in order to fight terrorists, but in fact he uses this unchecked authority to fight journalists. To wage PR campaigns.  To build a phony case for war.  If CIA agents are compromised that is just collateral damage, just like the 2300 plus who have died in Iraq.  In his mind there is no difference between fighting terrorists and fighting his political opponents, they are one in the same — how many times have those opposing him been referred to as terrorist sympathizers and traitors?

taylor.jpgAnd herein lies the deep flaw with the Chuck Schumers of the world who want to play politics by polling percentages.  Any support that people have for Bush’s ability to wiretap without warrants is largely based on the internalization of this phony notion, that Bush uses these powers to keep them safe.  We all know that this is utter bullshit, and as revelations like the one today come out people start to realize the truth and those numbers begin to shift.  And you wind up looking like you didn’t have the courage to act on your convictions when the time was right because you were too busy playing a cynical political game.

This country is full of Harry Taylors.  And Russ Feingold is going to look awfully good.

(graphic by Dark Black) 

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Jane Hamsher

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