Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Extraordinary Revelations


John Dean is prescient. Based on yesterday's testimony by former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, it looks like, as Paul Kiel reports, "[T]he President of the United States engaged in a prolonged and willful effort to violate the law, until senior members of his own administration forced him to stop."

Only threats to resign by the entire top echelon of the Justice Department and the intercession of the head of the F.B.I. brought the criminal designs of George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzalez to a halt -- for the time being.

May 16 2007 pm

It shouldn't make your blood boil so much as scare you to death that the same 'midnight hospital callers' -- Bush and Gonzales -- are still in office.

May 16 2007 pm

An unforgettable 20-minute video of Comey's testimony:

May 16, 2007 pm

Glenn Greenwald sums it up:
Amazingly, the President's own political appointees -- the two top Justice Department officials, including one (Ashcroft) who was known for his "aggressive" use of law enforcement powers in the name of fighting terrorism and at the expense of civil liberties -- were so convinced of its illegality that they refused to certify it and were preparing, along with numerous other top DOJ officials, to resign en masse once they learned that the program would continue notwithstanding the President's knowledge that it was illegal.

The overarching point here, as always, is that it is simply crystal clear that the President consciously and deliberately violated the law and committed multiple felonies by eavesdropping on Americans in violation of the law.

No comments: