The sun never sets on protecting America.

You needn’t travel far on the intarwebs to find some vacuous Bushie blabbering about how the recently-enacted amendments to FISA, charmingly designated the Protect America Act of 2007, is no big deal since its operative provisions sunset in a mere six months.


Marty Lederman provides this fine analysis over at Balkinization. True, the Act does include a 180-day sunset provision, which would place the demise date longabouts February 1, 2008. However, the Act also provides that all of the Attorney General’s surveillance authorizations remain in effect until their expiration, even if the expiration date comes after the sunset date. The AG’s authorizations remain in effect for a year. Thus, all Gonzales need do is issue a massive series of authorizations on January 31, 2008 and PRESTO: unfettered warrantless wiretapping is a done deal until a couple of weeks after the Bush Administration is scheduled to leave office.

So, uh, could someone explain to me again why impeachment is such a terrible idea? Plz k thx?

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  • […] been more disgusted with the feckless and cowardly Democratic leadership in Congress. Remember the Protect America Act of 2007? Well, it’s back in a big way, with Senate Dems gleefully quaffing even more Bush […]

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