Friday, November 16, 2007
One if by land
Isn't this interesting. A few days after retired New York judge Michael Mukasey took over the troubled U.S. Department of Justice, the agency reopened a probe of President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program that had been allowed to languish under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Could this signal a turnaround in the last 14 months of the Bush administration? Is the White House changing course and about to show new respect for the Bill of Rights? Maybe. But before the parties begin, let's recall that the original probe went nowhere because the White House refused to grant the security clearances investigators needed to conduct the inquiry, which could expose government secrets. And the leaders of the Executive Branch, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, who have shown little faith in the U.S. Constitution beyond the clauses that give them power, are still in office.