Fraley's Dailytakes

This Blog will..I repeat WILL Officially Launch in January 2006.

Monday, December 26, 2005

New Address for Dailytakes

My good friends at WisPolitics will be hosting my blog at WisOpinion.com beginning January 3rd (the day they begin publishing for 2006).

We'll be spending a week working out the kinks, but you can see my periodic posts over there at http://www.wisopinion.com/blogs/dailytakes/index.html

If you link to my site, you may wish to edit the link to direct your readers to the new site.

Thank you. Hope you've had a Merry Christmas, and here's to a great 2006.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Travel Restricitons Lifted

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Wish we had snooped earlier/harder...

Ahem

The Department of Justice believes, and the case law supports, that the
president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes...

...it is important to understand that the rules and methodology for criminal searches are inconsistent with the collection of foreign intelligence and would unduly frustrate the President in carrying out his foreign intelligence responsiblities.

... Intelligence is often long range, its exact targets are more difficult to identify, and its focus is less precise. Information gathering for policy maker and prevention, rather than prosecution, are its primary focus. Prosecution is but one of many possible options that may be pursued at a later date."

Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick
Testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, July 14, 1994

President within His Constitutional Rights

President Bush's post- Sept. 11, 2001, authorization to the National Security Agency to carry out electronic surveillance into private phone calls and e-mails is consistent with court decisions and with the positions of the Justice Department under prior presidents.

The president authorized the NSA program in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. An identifiable group, Al Qaeda, was responsible and believed to be planning future attacks in the United States. Electronic surveillance of communications to or from those who might plausibly be members of or in contact with Al Qaeda was probably the only means of obtaining information about what its members were planning next. No one except the president and the few officials with access to the NSA program can know how valuable such surveillance has been in protecting the nation.

In the Supreme Court's 1972 Keith decision holding that the president does not have inherent authority to order wiretapping without warrants to combat domestic threats, the court said explicitly that it was not questioning the president's authority to take such action in response to threats from abroad. Four federal courts of appeal subsequently faced the issue squarely and held that the president has inherent authority to authorize wiretapping for foreign intelligence purposes without judicial warrant.

In the most recent judicial statement on the issue, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, composed of three federal appellate court judges, said in 2002 that "All the ... courts to have decided the issue held that the president did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence ... We take for granted that the president does have that authority."

The passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978 did not alter the constitutional situation. That law created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that can authorize surveillance directed at an "agent of a foreign power," which includes a foreign terrorist group. Thus, Congress put its weight behind the constitutionality of such surveillance in compliance with the law's procedures.

But as the 2002 Court of Review noted, if the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches, "FISA could not encroach on the president's constitutional power."

Yes, yes, I know...mere partisan spin.

Please note however that the above declaration regarding Bush's Constitutional authority is not my own. The statement was made by John Schmidt who served under President Clinton from 1994 to 1997 as the associate attorney general of the United States.

More of his take, here.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Blog

Well, my brief tenure at Boots is over. For the next two weeks I may sporadically post here. But what I am particularly gearing up for is the launch of this blog as one of WisPolitics' featured blogs on WisOpinion.

Please send any releases, post ideas, rumors, snide remarks to me here.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Change o Pace

I won't be posting anything on this blog for the next week or so.
In the meantime, head over to Boots and Sabers, always a fine read.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Drip...Drip...Drip...

Madison - Democratic Governor Jim Doyle accepted $41,550 in campaign contributions from two utilities shortly after a state panel controlled by Doyle appointees first denied, then reopened and approved the controversial $220 million sale of the utilities' Kewaunee nuclear power plant, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows.


Whenever it was time for a decision to be made, they were at Doyle's doorstep with campaign contributions," said WDC executive director Mike McCabe.


Update: My favorite line from the Journal Sentinel Story: Doyle, a Democrat, was unavailable for comment because he was raising money for his campaign in New York.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Flippin Roads

I've lived in Wisconsin all my life, save for stints in DC (each about a year long).

It snows in Wisconsin.

Frequently.

The roads tonight in Milwaukee County were abysmal. We've only received 4 inches of snow so far, and it started snowing more than 8 hours ago.

Yet the Interstates were unbelievably trecherous. On ramps unsalted, un plowed. Mile long lengths of 894 hadn't seen a plow or salt truck in hours.

I traveled from Cudahy to Wauwatosa and the only plow I saw was a Wauwatosa municipal truck as soon as I exited Highway 45. The mayor may have a hugging problem, but at least the city administrator here knows when to send out the plows.

I was cautious and took my time, more than doubling the normal drive time. I'm not complaining about the delay...it's winter, things like this happen. But I can't believe the city and county of Milwaukee dropped the ball so miserably. Seriously, 4 inches in 8 hours and you can't even keep one lane clear on major thouroughfares?

This could be a snowy winter. How the state's largest metropolitain area handled the first minor snow fall is not encouraging...

Random Thought

Have you noticed that the Wisconsin sports climate has reverted to the late 70s/early 80s?

By week three, the best we were hoping for was a .500 season for the Pack.

The Bucks are playing playoff caliber ball.

The Badger Hockey team is on fire.

The Brewers are building an incredible foundation complete with power, speed and pitching.

And now, this...

If we can also bring back the beer stein, we're sure to make the playoffs. Kevin also wants to bring back the stein.

Reading that story once again reinforced what an idiot Laurel/Wendy Selig Preib was


It's become a signature of County Stadium and the club," Selig-Prieb said. "And we believe this will become even a greater signature element in Miller Park. This is going to be unique. Anybody can shoot off fireworks when somebody hits a home run. We think these improvements are enhancements from the fans' standpoint. We're not trying to make Bernie Brewer something different. It's still our home run celebration. But it will be bigger and better than before."

Ah, no.