"WASHINGTON – The Bush administration built an unprecedented surveillance operation to pull in mountains of information far beyond the warrantless wiretapping previously acknowledged, a team of federal inspectors general reported Friday, questioning the legal basis for the effort but shielding almost all details on grounds they're still too secret to reveal.
The report says too few relevant officials knew of the size and depth of the program, let alone signed off on it. They particularly criticize John Yoo, a deputy assistant attorney general who wrote legal memos undergirding the policy. His boss, , was not aware until March 2004 of the exact nature of the intelligence operations beyond wiretapping that he had been approving for the previous two and a half years, the report says.
According to the report, (Dick Cheney aide David) Addington could personally decide who in the administration was "read into" — allowed access to — the classified program."
Who could have ever guessed? There are not words to express the degradation and contempt for decency of the Bush administration.
Speaking of which,
"Formermade a terse reference to other classified programs in an August 2007 letter to Congress. But Harman said that when she had asked Gonzales two years earlier if the government was conducting any other undisclosed intelligence activities, he denied it.
"He looked me in the eye and said 'no,'" she said Friday.
Robert Bork Jr., Gonzales' spokesman, said, "It has clearly been determined that he did not intend to mislead anyone."
Oh, no. Of course not. When Alberto Gonzales lied right in someone's face, he never intended to mislead anyone.
Right, Bork, you are no more than a filthy pervert. Thank God we have seen the last of you and Alberto Gonzales in government. Every one of you who participated in this miserable criminality belongs in prison.
President Obama, how many more of these revelations do we need before you clean this filth out of our lives?