The Rule of Law, Defined
The former president-turned-dictator and terrorist apologist has weighed in on the "legality" of the NSA domestic surveillance program. It will come as a surprise to no one that Mr. Carter believes the program is "illegal" because it violates the FISA statute, which he signed into law back in 1978. In other words, Carter is repeating the Democratic mantra that Bush violated the "rule of law" in conducting domestic surveillance, with the law being FISA.
While Jimmah wakes nostalgic for good ol' days of his presidency (how could we forget a double-digit domestic "misery" index and the Iran hostage crises), Professor Alan Meese of of the College of William and Mary has a brillant column on "what the rule of law" actually requires. It appeared in the Daily Press of Hampton, VA on 4 Feb, but it is definitely worth a read. In his op-ed, Professor Meese makes a compelling case for presidential authority to conduct warrantless surveillance, in his role as commander-in-chief. And, he exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of Carter, Leahy, Al Gore, and other members of the Democratic Party's legal affairs division.