Friday, February 03, 2006

Radio Clown Mark Levin Scolds Clinton, Gore, For Law They Didn't Break

Radio clown Mark Levin offered fans his "angry right" persona tonight while defending President Bush's use of warrantless surveillance.

If President Bush is going to be investigated in "Stalinist" style by the Senate, Levin said, then "Bill Jefferson 'BJ' Clinton" and Al "Ya Big Dummy" Gore should also be investigated, too.

Levin's reasoning is that if President Bush broke the law with his warrantless surveillance, then Clinton and Gore broke the law, too.

It's a pleasing attack against those dreaded "hypocrite libs," and I'm sure conservative listeners responded to Levin's "angry right" routine -- complete with the aforementioned examples of wit -- with cheers.

But alas, it's a fact-challenged argument driven by empty conservative spin.

Levin is following the lead of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who has also argued that Clinton violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

CLINTON'S ALLEGED CRIME (#1): He conducted a physical search of Aldrich Ames' home in 1993.

The problem with the argument? Prior to 1995, FISA did not cover physical searches. (With Clinton’s signature, the law was expanded to cover physical searches in 1995.)

CLINTON'S ALLEGED CRIME (#2): Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick testified in 1994 that the President could conduct warrantless physical searches.

The problem with the argument? Again, it was a year before FISA was expanded. Furthermore, Gorelick was arguing that the President could conduct warrantless physical searches in the absence of Congressional action. At no time did she suggest that, after Congress required the President to obtain a warrant, the executive branch could ignore the law, nor is there any evidence the Clinton administration failed to comply with FISA.

How desperate are conservatives like Levin to blame Clinton? The Republican National Committee issued a Dec. 21 press release that falsely alleged that Presidents Carter and Clinton had done the same. To make the claim, the RNC used sentence fragments to take presidential executive orders out of context.

As the Washington Post wrote the next day: "The Clinton and Carter orders, which were published, permitted warrantless spying only on foreigners who are not protected by the Constitution. Bush's secret directive permitted the NSA to eavesdrop on the overseas calls of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The RNC's quotation of Clinton's order left out the stated requirement, in the same sentence, that a warrantless search not involve "the premises, information, material, or property of a United States person."

Maybe this is what Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove meant when he said in a Jan. 20 speech that "Republicans have a post-9/11 view of the world and Democrats have a pre-9/11 view of the world."

Democrats believe in following the law. Republicans? Not so much.


Blogger thewaronterrible said...

It should be clear to any thinking human life form that the conservative lie about Clinton having engaged in illegal surveillance is merely a smokescreen created by the RNC to place a seed of doubt in the minds of the left and moderate electorate.
As for extreme right-wingers, they don't care if the claim is true or not because it's all party loyalty/liberal hatred before truth all the time.
As JABBS has earlier pointed out, how weak indeed is the Bush argument for warrantless spying when one of their best arguments is an outright lie?
The worse part is I read in the newspaper on Friday that ABC Radio Networks have indeed gone ahead and signed a national syndication agreement with Mark Levin. Beginning tommorrow, he is on radio stations in Washington, DC, Dallas and Detroit, as well as well as his home in New York.
That's just wonderful. More hatred, lies and misinformation to spread across the land.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

thewaronterrible said...
"Beginning tommorrow, he is on radio stations in Washington, DC, Dallas and Detroit, as well as well as his home in New York.

Actually, Mark Levin has been simulcasting out of Dallas for months already, and out of Detroit and DC since January I think. Now his program will be offered out in syndication for additional stations to pick up. :)

And again, Levin is anything but a clown. He's as sharp as they come, and has quite an impressive

Mark is president of Landmark Legal Foundation. Previously he served as Landmark’s director of legal policy for more than three years. He has worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Reagan’s cabinet. Levin served as chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General, Edwin Meese; deputy assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education; and deputy solicitor of the U.S. Department of Interior. He holds a B.A. from Temple University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

He's also a true patriot, and a very nice guy. He just doesn't suffer fools very well.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Hey, Trinity, where's the cavalry from the Mark Levin fan site?

JABBS is clearly playing with fire, but I'm shocked there aren't 75 comments here ... :)

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trinity, I think you're missing the point of JABBS post which I wish you would address head on instead of more pro-Levin platitudes. Levin repeated an outright lie about Clinton that has been more than demonstrably debunked by facts. He has followed in the shadow of other conservatives and resorted to an outright lie to support Bush's warrantless spying program. And that demonstrates a flaw in both his character and in the argument.

8:44 AM  
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9:51 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...
"Hey, Trinity, where's the cavalry from the Mark Levin fan site?"

Hi, cutiepie! I don't know, but I think, perhaps, the drive-by post just above mine might me a MLFer. lol

Sorry I haven't had much time to post lately, but hopefully that will change.

I'm not sure if any of my friends over there are all that interested in debating here. They'd probably consider it to be a waste of time.

In fact, when they first posted here, that's exactly what I advised them, not to waste their time here, because most posters are quite knee-jerk. ;) Then what happened? I end up sticking around myself. lol

1:02 PM  

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