Today's Abu Gonzales cynicism spectacular at the Senate hearing marked a new low. Here's what the freaking Attorney General of the United States said in opening remarks....
Mr. Gonzales began by expressing his pride in the 100,000 Justice Department employees. “I have worked with these fine men and women to keep our country safe from terrorists, our neighborhoods safe from violent crime, and our children safe from predators,” he said.
Mr. Gonzales said he wanted to focus on his department’s “No. 1 priority, keeping our country safe from terrorists, and the urgent need, quite frankly, for more help from Congress in this fight.” Specifically, he said, Congress should update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to address the vast advances in telecommunications technology in recent years and ease restrictions on gathering intelligence. Link
Now, you ain't gonna' believe this stuff, but here is what George W. Bush said in Ocober 2001 when FISA laws were updated.....
The changes, effective today, will help counter a threat like no other our Nation has ever faced. . . .
We're dealing with terrorists who operate by highly sophisticated methods and technologies, some of which were not even available when our existing laws were written. The bill before me takes account of the new realities and dangers posed by modern terrorists. It will help law enforcement to identify, to dismantle, to disrupt, and to punish terrorists before they strike. . . .
Surveillance of communications is another essential tool to pursue and stop terrorists. The existing law was written in the era of rotary telephones. This new law I sign today will allow surveillance of all communications used by terrorists, including e-mails, the Internet, and cell phones. As of today, we'll be able to better meet the technological challenges posed by this proliferation of communications technology. . .Link
Think about what's going on here. The White House is in total disarray. No one cares any more. The well deserved criticism and political pressure is getting to them. How else could Gonzales NOT know what his own Dear Leader had already said about FISA laws being updated??
The Attorney General of the United States doesn't know that the FISA laws have already been updated in the Patriot Act of 2001?? Jesus, how can that even be? Or is it that Alberto does know, and he is simply taunting and mocking the Senate Committee?? Either way, what in the hell are we dealing with here? This is a sick group.
There are 16 months left of this sick and cynical group's slogans and terrorism scare tactics. I can't see how we get from here to there without somthing very bad happening. Pressure like the White House is experiencing right now, though self-made, could blow in the form of an attack on Iran or a huge diversion event of some kind that implicates al-Qaeda.
Gonzales' testimony today continues the Bush White House's stonewalling. Alberto works at the pleasure of the president. Bush's pleasure today was for his Attorney General to go to the Senate hearing, sit down, smile and then proceed to, in effect, flip the Democratic Senators the bird.
Not a good sign.
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