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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Note to Congress: If you can't find the stones to impeach Bush or Cheney, how about this guy?
Posted by Jill | 6:13 AM
Perhaps you need something akin to training wheels or wine coolers or those inflatable plastic wings people put on their children when teaching them to swim -- someone you can impeach who isn't Big and Scary like the Towel-Snapper-in Chief and Lord Voldemort.

Like this guy:

As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005.

Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Two Justice Department officials say that Gonzo was kept very well informed of FBI civil liberties violations:

The two officials spoke in a telephone call arranged by press officials at the Justice Department after The Washington Post disclosed yesterday that the FBI sent reports to Gonzales of legal and procedural violations shortly before he told senators in April 2005: "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse" after 2001.

"I have discussed and informed attorneys general, including this one, about mistakes the FBI has made or problems or violations or compliance incidents, however you want to refer to them," said James A. Baker, a career official who heads the Justice Department's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.

"I've discussed a number of times oversight concerns and, underlying those oversight concerns, the potential for violations. And I'm sure we've discussed violations that have occurred in the past," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Kenneth L. Wainstein.

So HOW many times has Gonzo lied to Congress now? Why are they putting up with this crap?

Jerrold Nadler calls for a special counsel:

"Providing false, misleading or inaccurate statements to Congress is a serious crime, and the man who may have committed those acts cannot be trusted to investigate himself."

Patrick Leahy is "deeply disturbed" over revelations that Gonzales lied to Congress back in April:

uote>"...it is only through dogged oversight or Freedom of Information Act lawsuits — such as the one that revealed these inconsistent statements — that Congress and the American people learn the truth about this administration’s activities,"

There's an awful lot of gum-flapping and righteous indignation in Congress every time Alberto Gonzales goes up to Capitol Hill and lies through his teeth -- and yet they do nothing except continue to show up on talk shows and express their shock that a Government Official Could Lie Exclamation Point.

Time to put your money where your mouths are, guys.


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