From Zogby: “President Bush’s job approval rating dipped two points in the last three weeks, despite the foiling of an airline terror plot and the adoption of a cease–fire deal between Israel and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.”
In other news, a Federal District Court today ruled the NSA Wiretapping Program unconstitutional, and ordered the White House to halt it immediately. Judge: “In this case, the President has acted, undisputedly, as FISA forbids. FISA is the expressed statutory policy of our Congress. The presidential power, therefore, was exercised at its lowest ebb and cannot be sustained.”
And if you’re one of the travelers (like I was) who endured a day of hell one week ago standing for hours in line at security checkpoints while travelers tossed their hair gels, bottled water, and eye drops into plastic tubs, you’ll be unhappy to know that the Shite House has had liquid explosive detector since the early 1990’s but its use has not been implemented at airports because Homeland Security does not have enough money: “The TSA has not outfitted airports with the devices, in part, because officials have to prioritize where they spend limited dollars, according to Frank Cilluffo, former special assistant to President Bush for homeland security…”
There was enough money, however, for a multi-billion dollar war in Iraq, and tax cuts for wealthy Americans.