“We have a President who likes to break things. He has broken the
federal budget, running up $3 trillion in new debt. He has broken the
Geneva Conventions, giving the green light to torture. He has
repeatedly broken promises – and broken faith – with the American
people. And now, worst of all, he has broken the law.
Tom Harkin: Why I Fully Support Bush Censure
“In brazen violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA), he ordered the National Security Agency to conduct warrantless
wiretaps of American citizens. And, despite getting caught red-handed,
he refuses to stop.
“Let’s be clear: No American – and that must include the President – is
above the law. And if we fail to hold Bush to account, then he will be
confirmed in his conviction that he can pick and choose among the laws
he wants to obey. This is profoundly dangerous to our democracy.
“So it is time for Congress to stand up and say enough! That’s why,
this week, Senator Russ Feingold proposed a resolution to censure
George W. Bush for breaking the FISA law. And that’s why I fully
support this resolution of censure.
“Nothing is more important to me than the security of our country. Of
course, we need to be listening to the terrorists’ conversations. And
sometimes there is not time to get a warrant. That’s why the FISA law
allows the President, when necessary, to wiretap first, and obtain a
warrant afterward. But that’s not acceptable to this above-the-law
President. He rejects the idea that he should have to obtain a warrant
before or after wiretapping.
“We have an out-of-control President whose arrogant and, now, illegal
behavior is running our country into the ditch. It’s time to rein him
in. And a fine place to start is by passing this resolution of censure.
I hope that Senator Feingold’s measure will be brought to the floor.
And when it is, I will proudly vote yes.”