Saturday, July 08, 2006

More secret White House programs unveiled

Oh great. More revelations of yet unnamed secret domestic surveillance programs being conducted by the administration without any oversight whatsoever. Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) has some pointed words for the White House in a May letter[pdf], basically accusing them of violating the law and warned the Republican faithful will be jumping ship.

I have a post at the DetNews on this, so I'll only add that Hoekstra's motives are no doubt more a desire to distance himself from an unpopular president than they are an interest in restoring the system of checks and balances. I mean where has he been for the last five years? Actually I think I'll add that to the other post too.

Meanwhile, Michael Stickings asks what else Bush might be hiding from Americans? I'm not sure I want to know the answer as I suspect there's all too much more, but it did remind me of this little item that seems to have been lost in the holiday news dump. Murray Waas unloaded this bombshell a few days ago.
President Bush told the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case that he directed Vice President Dick Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter allegations made by former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV that his administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with the president's interview.

Bush also told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.
Putting aside that they purposefully leaked discredited intelligence info in order to make their manufactured case for war, this is clear proof that Bush lied when he told the country he had no idea who leaked the information. How many lies does it take before Americans demand he resign?

The man is unfit to lead our country. But of course we don't want Cheney either. Do you think it's too late to hold a special presidential election in 06?
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Anonymous lester said...

ther was a period a month or so ago when the republicans were ready to jump ship. They've somehow been corraled back in. The whole immigration thing was partly a ploy to throw Bush under the bus. republicans didn't even mention Bush or Iraq for almost the entirty of that debate and didn't come back to it/ him till zarqawi was killed. The hoekstra letter must have been written at the height of that.

8:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Yeah, I think it's all for show. The poll numbers are scaring the GOP but Rove may corral them yet.

1:46:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

they have no where to go. they certainly aren't going to embrace what got them where they are: reaganism. That's as foreign to them the Ramones were to Journey.

11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Never underestimate Rove. He may not be the genius he's cracked up to be but he's always got a dirty trick up his sleeve. Without him you can sure Bush would have been a one term president.

4:49:00 PM  

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