This is no small deal. George W. Bush specifically solicited warrantless spying on his country's own citizens — repeatedly, without the oversight of Congress, and with every intention to do so again. As Perry Metzger has written, this may be the first time in history that a United States President has openly admitted to authorizing a federal crime, in effect declaring himself above the law.
The facts are absolutely clear, regardless of the White House's attempts to cloud the issue. See the U. S. Code, particularly section 1809, which says that unauthorized electronic surveillance is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Bush publicly confessed to breaking this law more than thirty times.
There is no question that Bush has violated his oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
No doubt, yet other alarming transgressions by the current administration will come to light in the near future. But this time, let's not let these other events draw our attention away. Jumping from issue to issue leaves the American public dizzy and breathless, preventing the focus and conviction necessary to impeach this president.
It begins here, with John Conyers's report and resolutions to censure the President and Vice President. Let it not end until justice has been served.