Moreover, when Corn was D.C. editor of The Nation, he wrote the following:
For months, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and other administration aides have been defending–even championing–what they call the “terrorist surveillance program,” under which the National Security Agency can intercept communications that involve an American citizen or resident without a warrant if one party to the communication is overseas and suspected of being linked to anti-American terrorists). They have maintained that the president has the authority as commander in chief to authorize such surveillance. Though the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) generally forbids wiretapping without warrants, the White House has contended that Bush is not bound by the limitations of that law. This claim–arising from the Bush administration’s view of expansive (even supreme) presidential power–set up a constitutional clash. And in the first round of the legal battle, Judge Taylor has knocked out the White House argument.
In her decision, she accused the administration of dishonestly arguing that the lawsuit filed by the ACLU and others (including journalists, researchers and lawyers) against the NSA wiretapping should be dismissed because it would expose state secrets.
Accusing Bush of acting like a king or a dictator, Corn added that “democracy, though, is not easy. And a commander in chief has to abide by the rules, as various courts have now ruled. The administration’s King George approach to governance has taken another blow. But it’s royally unlikely this president is going to accept the decision and give up his claim to the throne.”
Well, we finally know how the Left sees things. Taping private events is bad when done to ferret out potential terrorists and find out about their plots — their rights are being violated. But secret taping of political opponents on the Right is fair game. We all know that the Right has no civil liberties worth protecting. Corn is of the generation that read the late Herbert Marcuse in the ’60s. The author of the theory of “repressive tolerance,” Marcuse argued that any means were necessary to defeat the aims of conservatives, even if it meant engaging in depredations against democracy and civil liberties. Fascists had no rights, and one’s opponents on the Right, of course, were all potential fascists to the Left. Remember that in the 1950s, the American Communist Party called President Harry S. Truman, the man who favored nationalized health care, a Fascist.
Call it what you will, but David Corn’s article might lead to the FBI finding that indeed McConnell’s headquarters were bugged. But then, McConnell is a potential fascist himself, and to the Left, violating his liberties is only a defensive action. And if it turns out that Mother Jones did illegally bug his staff and meeting rooms, they will naturally condemn any action against them as a right-wing plot against freedom of the press.