Polling on the Absolute Power Presidency
by Matt Stoller, Mon Dec 19, 2005 at 12:25:26 PM EST
There are just so many angles.
There's also this one. Laura Rozen asks a good question. Why is Bush using the FISA courts at all if he has absolute executive power?
Then there's Alito. From PFAW:
As a member of the Solicitor General's Office, Judge Alito argued that Cabinet officials who authorized illegal wiretaps of Americans to gather intelligence about possible terrorist activities were entitled to absolute immunity from liability.
In other words, if you're in the executive branch and you order an illegal wiretap, don't worry about any consequences. It's fine. You're covered under the world according to Alito.
This is about America turning into a police state. It's that simple.
As for polling this, here are the best comments so far on what to ask:
We're going to be asking for more than dollars for polling, too. Once we finalize the questions, we're going to be asking for your help in finding out who stands where on this. This isn't just about Bush. Every person in Congress has a position on this, and we're going to find out what it is.