"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, June 28, 2007

White House Wiretap Subpoenas

In addition to subpoenas issued to the White House, the VPs office and the Department of Justice:

“the panel is seeking materials on related issues, including the relationship between the Bush administration and several unidentified telecommunications companies that aided the N.S.A. eavesdropping program.”

So upon the question of illegalities in the NSA program, the usual games of rhetoric and politics can be played. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called the response prior to the subpoenas issuance as ‘“stonewalling of the worst kind.”’

May saw the testimony of James Comey a former deputy AG during which he described a March 2004 “confrontation” between Justice officials and White House aides regarding the “legality of the wiretapping program.

Of the testimony Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in fine politically tuned rhetoric said:

‘“The Comey testimony moved this front and center. Alarm bells went off. His testimony made it clear that there had been an effort to circumvent the law.”’

These types of comments, of which the Dems have become very adept with their use of effectively, continue the public and media belief of illegalities where illegalities may not be.

A “confrontation” does not a circumvention of the law make.

Schumer’s the guy whose conversation about seats was gleefully shared by the Majority Leader, Harry “Hang ‘em High” Reid that “we are going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.”

These folks are the same that want an “end” to the action in Iraq regardless of outcome or reality; the same that see a war lost without actually knowing anything or listening; the same that want voices unheard and call it “fairness.”

These are the folks that I trust less.

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