Media Matters notes that as of the date and time of their post Thu, May 17, 2007 3:53pm EST ABC, CBS still have not reported on Comey’s revelation of wiretapping “hospital drama”. While television as the major source of news has declined that two major networks ignored this story on their nightly news casts is remarkable for its betrayal of the public interest. ABC is carrying this story on their web site, Mounting Pressure: Fifth GOP Senator Calls For Gonzales to Resign; Dems Call For No-Confidence Vote
Gonzales and Card stormed into Ashcroft’s sick room in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital. Ashcroft refused to go along with them, saying Comey was the acting attorney general. The move infuriated Comey.
“I was angry,” Comey said. “I thought I had just witnessed an effort to take advantage of a very sick man who did not have the powers of the attorney general.”
And CBS has a similar article on their site, Dems Seek No-Confidence Vote On Gonzales
Asked twice during a news conference Thursday if he personally ordered Gonzales and then-White House chief of staff Andrew Card to Ashcroft’s hospital room, Mr. Bush refused to answer.
The story has so many dimensions: once the DOJ got around to a genuine legal analysis of at least one spying program even Ashcroft couldn’t find a legal justification for it, Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s lapdog speeds through traffic to snatch the rule of law from the jaws of justice ( the acting attorney general) to plead to the sick AG to please give them a note excusing them from having anything resembling a conscience regardless of the law. So for these two major news organs to not feel that an audience that can number in the tens of millions of viewers deserve to see this story is astounding. Since they have fairly well written accounts of events on their respective web sites it is not like they haven’t been able to get a handle on the story.
One endnote short of a diagnosis? Bay Buchanan suggests possible psych disorder in Sen. Clinton, but purported support missing . Bay Buchanan’s best qualities are her shrillness and completely irrelevant contributions to modern political thought. Still there are probably two or three people in America that love to read stuff that is a dash of Arrow Cross Party fascism and a sprinkling of Orwellian Big Brother. If you want to read what she actually wrote click on the link. This is my version:
As I studied Bush from his early years through his days as The Decider, it became more and more evident that extreme insecurity is a dominant personality trait. Not being a medical professional, I decided to look more deeply into the condition. After days of research, I was led to a fascinating field of study involving narcissistic personality style. The symptoms of the related disorder were intriguing. I have included them in an endnote. [cite 74] I pass no judgment as to whether this shoe fits the frat boy, serial business failure and alcoholic George W. Bush.
Deep insecurity and its related symptoms, in and of itself, in no way precludes George from consideration as competent to lead America forward or to try to obtain some kind of success in this life without being propped up by his families power and money. It is not the insecurity that is the problem. For example, John Adams had difficulty with this condition and others and surely proved himself to be a remarkable leader. [cite 75]
So, you might ask, why raise it in the case of George? Because he has allowed a chronic lack of confidence and self-esteem – his arrogance is simply a mask, to define him — rather than rise above the challenge, George has been consumed by it. One simply cannot study George without understanding how debilitating this trait has been to his development as a human being. That being said, it is no excuse for his behavior, rather it is an explanation.
Whether it is a pathology that makes George do what he does or just good ol’ God-given free will, matters little. What is important, however, is how his pattern of behavior offers a window to his heart or lack thereof. That is what should be on the minds of Americans as George has 18 months left to make even more disastrous decisions that will have a profound and deleterious effect on America and the world. I’m not calling for his impeachment or calling him utterly insane, those are simply decisions for the American public to make. [Pages 42-43]
Buchanan is a senior adviser for Conservative presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO) and a frequent contributor on the liberal? media.
The Anonymous Liberal has done some research into what is known so far about the possible involvement of the FBI in domestic spying and FBI Director Mueller seemed to have been in the Comey camp as far as pushing back against administration zeal on domestic warrantless spying, Robert Mueller’s Role in the NSA Controversy
The surviving program, which was eventually reauthorized by Comey, likely included new controls designed to prevent the use, whether inadvertent or otherwise, of information obtained via warrantless surveillance in a court of law. While this move likely reduced the risk of abuse by giving government officials some incentive to seek FISA warrants instead of simply bypassing the court (because only evidence obtained by FISA warrant would be admissible), it also had the somewhat perverse (and perhaps intended) effect of reducing the odds that any court would ever have the opportunity to rule on the legality of the program. As the official quoted in the article says, the self-imposed prohibition against using this evidence in court is essentially a concession that the surveillance itself is illegal.
At any rate, while Mueller certainly could have done more, it appears that his conduct throughout this affair was relatively admirable. Like Comey and Goldsmith, he pushed back in the ways that he could. History will likely judge him more kindly than most high-ranking Bush administration officials.
This blind vehemence by the Bushies to spin the wheels of executive power and jeopardize the prosecution of actual wrong doing when and if discovered lends yet more weight to the argument that many liberals have been making for years – that BushCo and by proxy their supporters are dreadful at national security.
“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.” – Jonathan Swift
“People say satire is dead. It’s not dead; it’s alive and living in the White House.” – Robin Williams