Rasmussen has been polling on the Bush Administration's surveillance of suspected terrorists' phone calls. Here are the results. Excerpt:
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency
(NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism
suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen
Reports survey found that just 23% disagree. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of
Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely. Just
26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one
currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not
Not surprisingly, there is a partisan split here:
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed
to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the
United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not
affiliated with either major political party.
I am sorry to say it, but many intelligent people of my acquaintance seem so blinded by their anger toward President Bush that they reflexively condemn the NSA surveillance, and do so with a moral and legal certainty that is quite impressive. To me, the weight of legal scholarship on the question of the legality and consitutionality of the surveillance is that only supportable anti-Bush conclusion is that his authority to order it is debatable. To ignore all that information and discussion and start talking about impeaching Bush seems to me to be evidence that those anti-Bush folks are not engaging in serious thinking.