Disingenuousness, thy name is Gonzalez
By Lee Russ
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 12:19 PM
Today Forbes carries the AP wire service story of Alberto Gonzalez's role in the political theater production of "obscure that annoying fact."
Keep in mind as you read that this is the same Gonzalez who was so cavalier in dismissing the Geneva Convention and concluding that torture really doesn't mean what you always thought torture meant, and, besides, if the good guys are doing the torturing, it must be okay.As reported in Forbes, with my responses in brackets:
1. Gonzalez: some critics and news reports have misled Americans about the breadth of the National Security Agency's surveillance.
[No, they haven't. They've reported what little evidence there is to actually know, along with reasonable projections and extrapolations forced by YOUR refusal to provide any information.]
Gonzalez: the warrantless surveillance is critical to prevent another terrorist attack within the United States.
[Really? So performing the same surveillance but WITH a warrant would somehow prevent you from getting the info?]
Gonzalez: warrantless surveillance falls within President Bush's constitutional authority and the powers granted by Congress immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
[Right. According to you, who thought the Geneva Convention didn't prevent torture, and some other equally objective administration apologists]
If you aren't angry by now at the endless spin on this subject.........