Jul 132007

We’re pumping billions into the new Homeland Insecurity Department, yet it appears we’re relying on DHS Secretary Micheal Chertoff’s gastric rumblings for our intellingence. Suddenly he’s appearing on the news circuit saying he has a gut feeling, we’re going to be attacked again.

Now why would he get that feeling. Do you suppose it could have anything to do with the recent report that Al Qaeda is getting stronger? Now what’s up with that. I thought Bush was saying we were winning the war on terror in Iraq, and that we were fighting them over there so we wouldn’t have to fight them over here?

Anyone who still believes in this guy, please take him and move to your own private island.

I Need to Watch Boston Legal More Often

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May 142007

The few time’s I’ve watched Boston Legal, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, but for some reason it’s never made my “must watch” list. After seeing this, I think I have to set the Tivo to record it. What a great statement.

Gonzales Backtracks on Senate Testimony – Hints At Additionaly Spying Programs

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Mar 012006

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee clarifying his Feb. 6 testimony on Bush’s warrantless electronic surveillance activities. I call it backtracking.

In a letter yesterday to senators in which he asked to clarify his Feb. 6 testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gonzales also seemed to imply that the administration’s original legal justification for the program was not as clear-cut as he indicated three weeks ago.

At that appearance, Gonzales confined his comments to the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program, saying that President Bush had authorized it “and that is all that he has authorized.”

But in yesterday’s letter, Gonzales, citing that quote, wrote: “I did not and could not address . . . any other classified intelligence activities.” Using the administration’s term for the recently disclosed operation, he continued, “I was confining my remarks to the Terrorist Surveillance Program as described by the President, the legality of which was the subject” of the Feb. 6 hearing.

Shorter version: Bush has been engaged in more warrantless spying on Americans than the Administration has disclosed to date.

At least one constitutional scholar who testified before the committee yesterday said in an interview that Gonzales appeared to be hinting that the operation disclosed by the New York Times in mid-December is not the full extent of eavesdropping on U.S. residents conducted without court warrants.

“It seems to me he is conceding that there are other NSA surveillance programs ongoing that the president hasn’t told anyone about,” said Bruce Fein, a government lawyer in the Nixon, Carter and Reagan administrations.

Sen. Russ Feingold called Gonzales’ misleading Senate testimony right away. From his Feb. 7 statement, delivered on the Senate floor:? Continue reading »

War On Terror Over; Gonzalez Pursues Porn

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Sep 212005

Taking his cues from former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzalez has decided to make the War on Porn "one of the top priorities" of the AG’s office.  In early August, the FBI’s Washington Field Office sent around a job listing to recruit eight federal agents, a supervisor and support staff to take on "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography. The squad will focus its efforts on those who produce pornography depicting consenting adults.  Such porn profiteers include Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., General Motors Corp., Time Warner, and several major hotel chains.  The conservative Family Research Council endorsed the move, saying it gave them "a growing sense of confidence in our new attorney general."  Some FBI agents were not so pleased.  As one anonymous agent put it sarcastically: "I guess this means we’ve won the war on terror. We must not need any more resources for espionage."

Hope you feel safer?