Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Alberto's Got Some 'Splainin' Ta Do

Well, if you have intimate knowledge of a "top secret" spying program and then lie to the Senate during your confirmation when you suggest you cannot respond to hypotheticals, shouldn't you be confronted for lying in retrospect?

Mr. Gonzales seems to forget that it isn't his job to protect the president any more, but to protect the American people - proving once again, the W, Rove and Co is missusing American Taxpayer dollars.
In a letter to the attorney general yesterday, Feingold demanded to know why Gonzales dismissed the senator's question about warrantless eavesdropping as a "hypothetical situation" during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in January 2005. At the hearing, Feingold asked Gonzales where the president's authority ends and whether Gonzales believed the president could, for example, act in contravention of existing criminal laws and spy on U.S. citizens without a warrant.

Gonzales said that it was impossible to answer such a hypothetical question but that it was "not the policy or the agenda of this president" to authorize actions that conflict with existing law. He added that he would hope to alert Congress if the president ever chose to authorize warrantless surveillance, according to a transcript of the hearing.

1 comment:

Kvatch said...

I'm sure that Gonzales would pass that over as something less than a lie. Perhaps, "not telling the whole truth", but it is an excellent observation nonetheless.