Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Dude, even Specter was pissed. Not pissed enough to put the AG under oath, but still.

Yesterday Attorney General Gonzales, when asked if he could assure the American people that BushCo's warrantless domestic surveillance program would not be used to spy on non-terrorists, punted:
GONZALES: Certainly General Hayden knows more about the operational details of this [program]. What I can give the American people assurance is that we have a number of safeguards in place so that we can say with a high degree of confidence or certainly that what the president has authorized in connection with this program, that those procedures are being followed.

But General Hayden's responses in interviews haven't been exactly reassuring:

FOX’s MIKE WALLACE: Let me ask another question which I’m sure concerns a lot of people. Can you assure Americans that there is no spying on political opponents or political critics of the Bush administration?

HAYDEN: Chris, this is focused on al Qaeda. The only justification we have to undertake this program is to detect and prevent attacks against the United States. We don’t have the time or the lawful authority to do anything except that.

As Think Progress points out, what's missing in the above response, and others, is the word "no."

And for those of you who believe that government anti-terrorism resources would never be used against BushCo's political enemies, you really do need to pay better attention.

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