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Thursday, May 17, 2007

"You Cant Make This Up - The Smoking Gun?"

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This "Attorney Purge Scandal" just keeps getting better and better...First Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey resigned his post and before the ink was dry on the paper Abu Al was giving a press conference putting all the blame on Comey...Link to video near end of post...

On the 15th Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey testified before the committee investigating "Attorney-Gate"...They thought it was going to be more testimony about the "Purge" but they ended up with a "Smoking Gun?"...From Crooks & Liars:

Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey seems to have raised eyebrows throughout the political world with his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony yesterday. While the prosecutor purge was supposed to be the key topic of the hearing, Comey’s story about the 2004 reathorization of the NSA warrantless-search program turned out to be the big news.

As Anonymous Liberal put it, “Comey’s testimony today reads like the script of a Hollywood movie."

Watch Comey tell this truly amazing story:

Dan Froomkin said, "Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey's gripping testimony yesterday about his high-speed race to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft's hospital bedside — and the ensuing standoff with senior White House aides over the administration's warrantless wiretapping program — may turn out to be the political-scandal equivalent of the tune nobody can get out of their heads."

More like a "smoking gun" to me...You remember that scene in the Will Smith/Gene Hackman flick "Enemy Of the State" where Jon Voight's character was sweating the Senator to pass very similar "spying" legislation at the lake before he killed him? Yeah, it's like that...

Ashcroft was on what could have been his death bed and Abu Al was trying to get him to sign an order that he had previously expressed concern over and refused...They ignored the acting AG at the time, Comey and BANG! Millions of innocent people are spied on daily in the name of National Security! When there was provisions in the FISA Act that already addressed all of the Decider's concerns...

There was another great Frontline documentary on also called "Spying On The Homefront"You really have to see it...From Crooks:

pbs-gonzales.jpg PBS Frontline's "Spying on the Home Front" last night was downright chilling. Although there were no major blockbuster revelations, they painted a very clear and complete picture of the Bush administration's vastly expanded domestic surveillance programs and their impact on civil liberties. This clip shows how Alberto Gonzales was very careful during his Senate testimony on the NSA warrantless wiretapping program exposed by the New York Times in December 2005. On numerous occasions he made it abundantly clear that he was only testifying on that specific program, which leads one to conclude that there are likely other (and more intrusive) domestic spying programs in place. Indeed, when Sen. Feinstein asks him if there are any other programs, he literally says "I don't know how to answer that."

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In case you missed it, I highly recommend watching the entire thing on the PBS website. This is by far the most comprehensive report to date on the extent and severity of the Bush administration's post-9/11 domestic surveillance activities.

Let's not also forget that this administration has not complied with the recent subpoena from Congress to turn over the Rove emails pertinent to the Purge Scandal...Keith Olbermann was talking to Howard Fineman and you got to see the clip of Gonzales...Like Fineman said he looked like he was doing all he could not to break out in a big cheesy grin while he was making his announcement that the "Purge" was all Comey fault...Watch the video from Crooks & Liars:

These scandals are getting hard to keep up with, huh? This is what happens when that little thing called "oversight" is exercised. And to think, we're only four months into the Democratic majority.

This Administrations missteps and sheer stupidity would be a hit comedy if it wasn't so tragic...

Heckuva Job Abu Al...
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