Tuesday, May 23, 2006


The New York Times covers the tantrum Dennis Hastert and John Boehner are throwing over the FBI search of William Jefferson's office.

These dipshits have turned a blind eye toward torture, rendition, warrantless wiretaps of American's international calls and warrantless data mining of domestic calls only to get the red-ass when someone dares investigates Congressional corruption VIA A COURT-ISSUED, PROBABLE-CAUSE-SUPPORTED WARRANT.

Boehner - who used to hand out lobbyists' checks on the House Floor - is probably worried someone will want to peek to see if he simply moved his unethical practices into his office.


  • I know you're a liberal, MacSwain, so the only part of the Constitution that concerns you are the Amendments (except the Second, of course).

    For the rest of us, though, there's a significant separation of powers issue when an Article III court authorizes an Article II officer to seize papers from the office of an Article I legislator.

    Is he guilty? Probably. But, this is where search-and-seizure law comes up.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:55 AM  

  • Publius,

    I fail to see where Article I gives congressmen the right to use their offices as sanctuaries for criminal activity or in which to scret criminal evidence.

    I do understand that there is an argument for concern that the executive may conduct searches for political reasons rather than legitimate concerns regarding justice. While there can be no perfect resolution, I think the checks and balances provided by having a court-ordered warrant are sufficient to typically prevent political abuse.

    By Blogger Macswain, at 10:38 PM  

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