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Winning the Patriot Game

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:00 AM

– "The Patriot Game" (words and music by Dominic Behan)

The New York Times' latest assault on the Bush administration transforms what has been a nonstop campaign of sleazy attempts to destroy George W. Bush and hand the Congress over to the Marxists who call themselves progressive Democrats, into an exercise in treason.

Treason? You bet. What else can you call the Times' exposure of the National Security Agency's monitoring of communications between people in the U.S. known to have ties to al-Qaida, to al-Qaida operatives abroad? If this is not providing aid and comfort to the enemy, what is?

Remember, despite the Times' repeated assertions that the Bush administration was "eavesdropping" on Americans – assertions picked up by much of the Marxist mainstream media, which gave the impression that ordinary Americans, folks like you and me, were being spied on by our own government – the only people in the U.S. who were being monitored were people intelligence agencies had good reason to believe were, at the very least, al-Qaida sympathizers and potential local terrorists.

The Times pretends that it was merely doing its job of giving its readers information they need to have, that the exposure of a vital national security operation was merely carrying out its duty to inform the public, but that's just plain poppycock, and the Times knows it.

The very timing of the story – on the heels of the Iraqi elections and in the midst of the debate on extension of the Patriot act – makes it obvious to the most obtuse observer that it was a part of the Times anti-Bush, anti-war agenda.

Anybody who doesn't understand that the story was timed to achieve two objectives – to drive the story about the astounding success of the Iraqi elections off the front pages of America's newspapers and to affect the outcome of the debate on the extension of the Patriot act – is living in a dreamworld where deranged creatures run around shouting "Bush lied."

It hasn't seemed to have bothered the Times or the rabid Democrats on Capitol Hill that the exposure of the monitoring program dealt a serious blow to America's intelligence-gathering abilities – that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are now aware that they can no longer safely communicate with their allies in the United States without being overheard.

As a result, a program of immense importance to our national security – and to the safety of every single American – has been rendered all but useless.

The Times and its Marxist allies in the Congress are shedding crocodile tears over what they falsely describe as an assault on the civil liberties of all Americans. The program, they shriek, was illegal, violating the civil rights of all Americans. Some even dare to suggest that the president violated the law and deserves to be brought to the bar of justice and impeached.

That's garbage, and they know it. In Tuesday's Wall Street Journal editorial, the facts clearly demonstrate the legality of the president's action in putting a program designed to prevent another 9/11 – or worse – into action:

"The allegation of Presidential law-breaking rests solely on the fact that Mr. Bush authorized wiretaps without first getting the approval of the court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. But no Administration then or since has ever conceded that that Act trumped a President's power to make exceptions to FISA if national security required it. FISA established a process by which certain wiretaps in the context of the Cold War could be approved, not a limit on what wiretaps could ever be allowed.

"The courts have been explicit on this point, most recently in In Re: Sealed Case, the 2002 opinion by the special panel of appellate judges established to hear FISA appeals. In its per curiam opinion, the court noted that in a previous FISA case (U.S. v. Truong), a federal 'court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue [our emphasis], held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information.' And further that "we take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that is so, FISA could not encroach on the President's constitutional power.'"

We are being subjected to a media-generated firestorm – an attempt to convince the American people that our commander in chief is another Adolf Hitler lusting after dictatorial power, a man who cares not one whit about the civil liberties of the American people. It's therefore very important that we keep in mind a few facts that are mighty inconvenient to the Times and the rest of the anti-Bush media and the crazed Marxists on Capitol Hill:

I have said it before and I'm going to keep saying it: The Democrats are desperate to regain control of both the House and the Senate, and they will do anything to bring that about in the 2006 elections no matter what it takes. If that be treason, they plan to make the most of it.

It has never occurred to them that a long time ago they lost touch with the voters; they have nothing to say to the American people that the American people want to hear. They are the collective voice of an elite crying in the Blue State wilderness where the only Bible is the New York Times and the only justification for their existence is their lust for power.

A few weeks ago Pat Buchanan wrote that President Bush was playing the Patriot game – and noted that the Democrats fail to understand that in America, especially in wartime, patriotism trumps promises of taxpayer-financed socialist benefits for all every time.

This latest furor sparked by the Times and trumpeted by the Democrats is playing right into the president's hands. Once again they have misread the mood of the American people who love their country and value patriotism as a virtue. As a result, unless some unforeseeable horror take place in Iraq before the 2006 congressional elections, or George Bush divorces Laura and runs off with some Hollywood starlet, the Democrats are going to suffer disastrous losses in their numbers on the Hill and their party will be reduced to the size of a corporals' guard for eons to come.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

He can be reached at

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