In the first weeks and months after 9/11, I am told by a very good source, there was a lot of wishing out loud in the White House Situation Room about expanding the National Security AgencyÂs ability to instantly monitor phone calls and e-mails between American callers and possible terror suspects abroad. ÂWe talked a lot about how useful that would be,Â said this source, who was Âin the roomÂ in the critical period after the attacks.Who was the pseudo-priest sprinkling that water? You guessed it, Alberto Gonzales.
Well, as the world now knows, the NSA at the prompting of Vice President Cheney and on official (secret) orders from President Bush Â was doing just that. And yet, as I understand it, many of the people in the White House's own Situation Room including leaders of the national security adviser's top staff and officials of the FBI had no idea that it was happening.
As best I can tell, and this really isn't my beat, the only people who knew about the NSA's new (and now so controversial) warrant-less eavesdropping program early on were Bush, Cheney, NSA chief Michael Hayden, his top deputies, top leaders of the CIA, and lawyers at the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office hurriedly called in to sprinkle holy water on it. (emphasis mine)
This type of nightmare scenario is highly likely when you have a government that is incestuous in the way it operates. Rather than have all the minions in one coven, they have been spread out like a severe outbreak of chlamydia in George's second term--Condoleeza Rice to the State Department, Paul Wolfowitz to the World Bank, Alberto Gonzales to Justice, Harriet Miers replacing Alberto Gonzales as White House Counsel and then briefly a Supreme Court nominee...
No wonder there is horror coming from all directions, everyone is sleeping with each other! (metaphorically speaking to the NSA overlords reading this)
So here we are creeping up to the last week of 2005 and the Attorney General of the United States, along with the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and other kool-aide drinking government officials are implicating themselves in multiple impeachable offenses.
I say, bring it on.