Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Where I come from, they call lying to a senate committee “Perjury”

Two years ago, when AG Abu G went before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify on behalf of not letting the Partiot Apostasy Act sunset, he looked the Senators in the eye and lied. Blatantly and flat-out, he chose to not tell the truth to the Senators impaneled before him. He assured the lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzo insisted.

Except – that was a lie, and he knew it when he told it. Less than a week before (even his notoriously feeble memory should go back six days) the FBI had sent a copy of a report to Gonzalez, and that report confirmed that agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to possess. That report was one of at least a half dozen that detailed abuses of the Patriot Act that had been received in the three months before Gonzalez appeared before the panel to lie his ass off. The reports he conveniently ignored detailed instances of “unauthorized surveillance, an illegal property search and a case in which an Internet firm improperly turned over a compact disc with data that the FBI was not entitled to collect, the documents show. Gonzales was copied on each report that said administrative rules or laws protecting civil liberties and privacy had been violated.”

Additionally, the reports detailed the abuse and over-use of the specious anti-terror tool, the national security letter (NSL). This was well before the Justice Department's inspector general brought widespread abuse of the letters in 2004 and 2005 to light in a scathing report this past March.

You might recall, this was all happening about the time they were touting him as a possible successor to the Supreme Court – which given what we know now and they knew then is especially sickening. Jolly Roberts and Scalito are bad enough – can you imagine a Supreme Court with Bush’s Chihuahua enjoying a lifetime appointment? I’m reaching for a valium at the mere thought…

So – have you had enough yet? It is time to bring these feckless traitors to heel.

To that end…

It's time to


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