As a nominee to be the next Attorney General, Mukasey is under fire by Congress. And when asked about the … “Bush administration’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Mukasey said there may be occasions when the president’s wartime powers would supersede legal requirements to obtain a warrant to conduct wiretaps.”
Thank you to Senator Patrick Leahy, who said this was a “loophole big enough to drive a truck through.” Indeed it is.
Basically, this establishes a precedent that the President can do whatever he wants during war, as long as it’s done under his “wartime powers.” For a man who seeks power (and Presidents are often this type of man) this encourages us to be in a constant state of war, so that the President constantly has a blank check.
Mukasey also endorses a few other obhorrant activities currently being done by the Bush Administration.
I hope the congress has the huevos to nix him. But my huevo detector is not beeping.