Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The role of Abu Gonzales

I have been cringing all week as I've seen replays of Attorney General Alberto "Abu" Gonzales advocating for the spying program that was signed-off by King George. Why did the White House trot Mr. Torture out in front of cameras regarding this issue? Howard Fineman's latest screed gives us a clue:
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 Agency’s ability to instantly monitor phone calls and e-mails between American callers and possible terror suspects abroad. “We talked a lot about how useful that would be,” said this source, who was “in the room” in the critical period after the attacks.

Well, as the world now knows, the NSA at the prompting of Vice President Cheney and on official (secret) orders from President Bush — 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)

Who was the pseudo-priest sprinkling that water? You guessed it, Alberto Gonzales.

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.

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