Profiles in Courage - 21st Century USA

Palace Revolt

Although a poor choice of a title, I uphold the service of those government lawyers to be in the best tradition of the legal profession and of personal courage. For those who understand organizational behavior etc, will understand what they’ve done. The country will be stronger because of their convictions and actions.

:bravo: :notworthy:

AG Gonzales is on the hot seat as I type.

[quote]The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed skepticism on Monday over President Bush’s assertion that he has the legal authority to wiretap Americans’ conversations. Federal law “has a forceful and blanket prohibition against any electronic surveillance without a court order,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., as he opened a hearing on the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping program.
[/quote] … telligence


The article was a very good read. Thanks.

Two favourite quotes:

[quote]Alberto: President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale. [/quote]

"I cannot tell a lie- it was I who googled ‘’ "

[quote]BIDEN: Thank you very much.

General, how has this revelation damaged the program?

I’m almost confused by it but, I mean, it seems to presuppose that these very sophisticated Al Qaida folks didn’t think we were intercepting their phone calls.

I mean, I’m a little confused. How did it damage this?

GONZALES: Well, Senator, I would first refer to the experts in the Intel Committee who are making that statement, first of all. I’m just the lawyer.

And so, when the director of the CIA says this should really damage our intel capabilities, I would defer to that statement. I think, based on my experience, it is true – you would assume that the enemy is presuming that we are engaged in some kind of surveillance.

But if they’re not reminded about it all the time in the newspapers and in stories, they sometimes forget.


So, if they hadn’t read about it in the New York Times, the boys at al-Qaeda would have just had it slip their minds that the infidels might be tracking their phone calls- even though that’s how they ended up
with a bomb up their butts a few years back.