Very nice article:

The last word has yet to be written by the last appeals court on whether President Bush’s electronic eavesdropping of Americans is constitutional.

By his own words, however, President Bush has rendered revealing insight into why he defied the law and ordered eavesdropping without a special court warrant.

Bush, it seems, has no confidence in the machinery of the U.S. democracy or faith in the heritage of lawful governance.

While her reasoning is subject to scholarly debate, Federal District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor was absolutely correct in ruling that President Bush and the National Security Agency are conducting unconstitutional wiretaps.

And the conclusion:

What’s involved here is not sluggish government machinery, but the president’s insistence that he has the right to ride roughshod over laws he deems to be an obstacle to his powers.

In other countries, isn’t this called a dictatorship?

This president is taking the nation down a perilous road. He created moral justification for attacking another nation on grounds that turned out to be spurious. He embraces secrecy as a code of conduct. He repudiates the right of the accused to legal counsel and formal charges. He has proclaimed his privilege to ignore at least 700 laws enacted by Congress.

Judge Taylor has done a favor to democracy by restraining this abuse of power. The nation will be even safer if U.S. Supreme Court jurists hearing the Bush appeal show the same stomach to block his contempt for the democratic process.

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