The circular poetry of executive power
Ohio Senator Michael DeWineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Terrorist Surveillance Act [PDF], introduced yesterday, reflects the new political affinity for circular logic. If you want the round-up of the legal implications, read Glenn GreenwaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog. But for those of you who would prefer a Friday poem, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve distilled the Act to its essence:
To Make Legal The Illegal
"The President determines, the President shall establish and maintain, the President determines, the President shall, what the President considers appropriate, the President shall determineÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦that the surveillance is necessary
shall update a list of groups and organizations
that are subject to electronic surveillance
that there is a reasonable likelihood that the group or organization
whether it intends to engage in an act of international terrorism
whether the Program remains necessary...
The President determinesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
the President considers appropriate."