Thursday, March 16, 2006


Recent news reports about Senator Russell Feingold’s efforts to censure President Bush for breaking the FISA law against warrantless wiretapping of American citizens keep saying Democrats are distancing themselves from the censure because Americans support the wiretapping program.

Except that’s a lie: Americans do not support Bush’s illegal wiretapping program. Zogby has polled on this issue, commissioned to do so by the After Downing Street Coalition when major news outlets refused to commission their own polls. http://www.zogby.com/Soundbites/ReadClips.dbm?ID=12528

The poll found that 52 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

Many, many Americans want Bush to be investigated, tried by the Senate, impeached, forced to resign, and then tried for war crimes – all much more than censure. But censure would be a good start, and the Democrats are shameless cowards for refusing to support even this small first step back toward accountability, the rule of law and checks and balances in our Constitutional democracy.


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