Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gonzo Dodges And Dances

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Monday to defend the president’s policy of carrying out illegal wiretaps through the NSA.

"We need to know who the enemy is,” Gonzales said. “We need to know what the enemy is thinking. We need to know where the enemy is thinking about striking us again."

Even the staunchest liberals aren’t questioning the need to identify terrorists in order to keep this country safe, Gonzo.

The key questions, which still have not been directly addressed by Bush or any of his spokespeople, are:

Why go around the law when there’s a quick and legal way to perform a wiretap?

The “need for speed” argument doesn’t retain water, as permission can be obtained from the FISA court up to 72 hours after the tap.

And this one:

Why listen in on vegans, Quakers and other anti-war groups?

These taps nullify the stated justification that these wiretaps were done in a “limited” manner.

Expect these questions to remain unanswered, even through upcoming hearings on the matter, at which Gonzales will be testifying.

In fact, expect Gonzales to leave most of the questions put to him unanswered by the conclusion of those hearings, which he and his boss no doubt see as a formality.

Gonzales is likely to say that “national security concerns” prevent him from answering anything but the most inane questions, such as, “Would you state your name for the record, sir?”


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