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Columnist: Snoopgate revealed Bush "as a lawbreaker"

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter has a piece on MSNBC.com about Snoopgate and why the president was so desperate to kill the New York Times story:
Finally we have a Washington scandal that goes beyond sex, corruption and political intrigue to big issues like security versus liberty and the reasonable bounds of presidential power. President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate—he made it seem as if those who didn’t agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda—but it will not work. We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. [...] The problem was not that the disclosures would compromise national security, as Bush claimed at his press conference... No, Bush was desperate to keep the Times from running this important story—which the paper had already inexplicably held for a year—because he knew that it would reveal him as a law-breaker. [Read entire piece]
Perjury was grounds for impeachment. What about breaking a federal law against spying on Americans without court approval? I'm just asking.

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