Monday, January 30, 2006

Gonzales caught on wiretapping

The Bush administration has been on a PR campaign to deflect questions about the fact that they have been running a secret domestic spying program without legislative or judicial oversight.

The Bushies want people to believe this about fighting terrorism but the reality is it's about our values and the foundations upon which our country was built-- a democracy with three co-equal branches of government.

To date the media and pollsters have been asking the wrong question. Do most people support the use of wiretaps to go after terrorists? Sure, but they don't believe Bush should be engaging in secret, warrantless domestic spying on Americans and that is what he has been doing.

As upcoming congressional hearings will reveal, the big problem for King George is the fact that the Administration has been misleading congress about the secret program and going around the judicial branch with no legal leg to stand on.

Look for our very own, Russ Feingold to be asking the tough questions. In fact he has already started. As the Washington Post reports Tuesday:

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) charged yesterday that Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales misled the Senate during his confirmation hearing a year ago when he appeared to try to avoid answering a question about whether the president could authorize warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.
"It now appears that the Attorney General was not being straight with the Judiciary Committee and he has some explaining to do," Feingold said in a statement yesterday.

When you are so arrogant as to believe that you can simply blow off two branches of government some people might have some questions and it's good to see Feingold taking the lead in challenging an administration that continues on it's drunk with power bender.