Monday, February 13, 2006

Wash Times whacks Jimmy's knuckles

The Washington Times has a very informative and quite sharp rebuke of former (thank God) President Jimmy Carter over his highly inappropriate remarks at the King funeral. (HT: Powerline) I did a little cherry picking below but go read the whole thing.

But in 1977, Mr. Carter and his attorney general, Griffin B. Bell, authorized warrantless electronic surveillance used in the conviction of two men for spying on behalf of Vietnam.
The men, Truong Dinh Hung and Ronald Louis Humphrey, challenged their espionage convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which unanimously ruled that the warrantless searches did not violate the men's rights.


Republicans say they welcome such criticism because it proves Democrats can't be trusted with national security.
"Just when you thought that the Democrats' image of being soft on defense issues couldn't get any worse, enter the sage wisdom of President Jimmy Carter to save the day," said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Yeah, thanks Brian, we knew that already but adults should behave at funerals all the same.

To be fair the Times, they present both sides of the "argument" over the constitutionality of warrentless wiretapping and do so pretty fairly. The fact remains that you can't read the beginning of the article any way except "Jimmy tried to take a swipe at Bush, during a funeral no less, for doing something we know he did himself and defended." The legal "argument" against Bush's program isn't much of an argument, but that is another story.


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