Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gore/Gonzales SMACKDOWN!!!!

Ooh, this is getting good. I love it when we fight back. OK, so you've probably heard/read the smashing speech Gore gave yesterday, right? (If not, you can read it here.) So, a big part of that speech was Gore calling out Dear Leader for his illegal and frankly inexcusable activities. Specifically, he said:

We have a duty as Americans to defend our citizens' right not only to life but also to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is therefore vital in our current circumstances that immediate steps be taken to safeguard our Constitution against the present danger posed by the intrusive overreaching on the part of the Executive Branch and the President's apparent belief that he need not live under the rule of law. [...]

A special counsel should immediately be appointed by the Attorney General to remedy the obvious conflict of interest that prevents him from investigating what many believe are serious violations of law by the President. We have had a fresh demonstration of how an independent investigation by a special counsel with integrity can rebuild confidence in our system of justice. Patrick Fitzgerald has, by all accounts, shown neither fear nor favor in pursuing allegations that the Executive Branch has violated other laws.

Republican as well as Democratic members of Congress should support the bipartisan call of the Liberty Coalition for the appointment of a special counsel to pursue the criminal issues raised by warrantless wiretapping of Americans by the President.

Now, you may want to sit down for this ... the administration wasn't happy about this. I know, shocker. Even MORE shocking - they sent Scotty M. out to call Gore some names to SHOW how unhappy they were. From the AP story this morning:

The White House accused former Vice President Al Gore of hypocrisy Tuesday for his assertion that President Bush broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.

"If Al Gore is going to be the voice of the Democrats on national security matters, we welcome it," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a swipe at the Democrat, who lost the 2000 election to Bush.

Oooh, so snarky. And how, exactly is it hypocritical if Clinton/Gore never actually, you know, broke the law in this area? Mmmmm? Not that being logically consistent has ever been this administration's forte. But what's awesome about all this is that Gore's not backing down. Via RawStory, here's a sample of his response to the remarks this morning:

There are two problems with the Attorney General's effort to focus attention on the past instead of the present Administration's behavior. First, as others have thoroughly documented, his charges are factually wrong. Both before and after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was amended in 1995, the Clinton/Gore Administration complied fully and completely with the terms of the law.

Second, the Attorney General's attempt to cite a previous administration's activity as precedent for theirs - even though factually wrong - ironically demonstrates another reason why we must be so vigilant about their brazen disregard for the law. If unchecked, their behavior would serve as a precedent to encourage future presidents to claim these same powers, which many legal experts in both parties believe are clearly illegal.

Keep it up, Al, baby! Maybe if someone at Gore's level keeps the heat on, this issue will actually gain a little traction. Please let that be true.