What We Don't Know
Sorry, but between a being super sick, crazy busy at work and suffering from a certain amount of self-diagnosed liberal-outrage-fatigue, posting has fallen by the wayside.
But then came this. I don't see it getting a lot of attention, but when I heard the Attorney General on NPR yesterday I couldn't believe it...
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales left open the possibility yesterday that President Bush could order warrantless wiretaps on telephone calls occurring solely within the United States -- a move that would dramatically expand the reach of a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.... I just don't trust these people. They've done everything wrong in the 'war on terror' (oy) since word go, but this is getting really Orwellian:
In response to a question from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, Gonzales suggested that the administration could decide it was legal to listen in on a domestic call without supervision if it were related to al-Qaeda.
"I'm not going to rule it out," Gonzales said.
In yesterday's testimony, Gonzales reiterated earlier hints that there may be another facet to the NSA program that has not been revealed publicly, or even another program that has prompted dissension within the government. While acknowledging disagreements among officials over the monitoring efforts, Gonzales disputed published reports that have detailed the arguments.Did you get that? The arguments between political appointees and career government folk who do their job (the type the Republicans demonize everytime they talk about 'the bureaucracy') are not over the wireless wiretapping we know about but something completely different these people are up to!
"They did not relate to the program the president disclosed," Gonzales testified. "They related to something else, and I can't get into that."