Thursday, May 17, 2007


Was Gonzales' Emergency Visit Illegal?

When then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales went to John Ashcroft's hospital room on the evening of March 10, 2004 to ask the ailing Attorney General to override Justice Department officials and reauthorize a secret domestic wiretapping program, he was acting inappropriately, Ashcroft's deputy at the time, James Comey, testified before Congress earlier this week. But the question some lawyers, national security experts and congressional investigators are now asking is: Was Gonzales in fact acting illegally?

Per Comey...

he arrived at the room and began explaining to Ashcroft why he was there, he was intentionally "very circumspect" so as not to disclose classified information in an unsecure setting and in front of Ashcroft's wife, Janet, who was at his bedside and was apparently not authorized to know about the program.

So what did Gonzo & Card do?

"The door opened and in walked Mr. Gonzales, carrying an envelope, and Mr. Card. They came over and stood by the bed. They greeted the attorney general very briefly. And then Mr. Gonzales began to discuss why they were there — to seek his approval for a matter, and explained what the matter was — which I will not do."

In other words, in their zeal to shake down Ashcroft, they discussed HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL, so classified that Comey will not discuss it with Judicial Committee, IN FRONT OF ASHCROFT'S WIFE.

"Executive branch rules require sensitive classified information to be discussed in specialized facilities that are designed to guard against the possibility that officials are being targeted for surveillance outside of the workplace," says Georgetown Law Professor Neal Katyal, who was National Security Advisor to the Deputy Attorney General under Bill Clinton.

"The hospital room of a cabinet official is exactly the type of target ripe for surveillance by a foreign power,"


At 7:44 PM, Blogger Paddy said...


At 7:57 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Short of murdering someone in full view of the public, what does it take to get these guys fired? And what will it take to get Bush impeached?

OT: Is anyone else having trouble with this blog loading very slow? It takes me forever to get a comment window to come up. Maybe I just have a crappy computer...

OT 2: Paddy, I could use some of your expert opinion on my blog and I need some help figuring out how to do some stuff. Any chance that Cliff could give you my e-mail address? I would appreciate it. Thanks.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Come on, guys, the Repugs would never leak classified material. What are you thinking?


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