Almost right out of a spy novel!

So two days ago the former Deputy Attorney General, who worked under former Atty. General John Ashcroft, gave testimony to a Senate panel regarding grossly corrupt behavior and tactics from out of the White House regarding illegal activity:
<> GONZALES: Pressured DOJ to OK Domestic Spying
This is incredible testimony! Watch it, please; it’s better than any fiction that can be written.
Allow me to summarize: The Dpty. Atty. Gen. Comey and Atty. Gen. Ashcroft had decided to not re-authorize the NSA program for domestic surveillance which bypassed the FISA court and was eventually declared an illegal program, after they themselves decided it was an illegal program. This was days before they were required to renew it. Then Ashcroft fell gravely ill and went to ICU, and transfered his powers of Atty. Gen. to Comey.

Two days before the renewal deadline, Comey received a call indicating that the White House was sending Chief of Staff Card and Presidential legal advisor Alberto Gonzales over to the hospital to get Ashcroft’s authorization.
Comey rushed to the hospital and called FBI Director Muller who was also going to try to get there in time, and, interestingly, ordered his agents in Ashcroft’s room to not allow Comey to be removed from Ashcroft’s room under any circumstances! Wow.

Comey got to the room and found Ashcroft unable to focus and barely respond. So Comey waited with the FBI agents until Gonzales and Card arrived, and when they did, they immediately tried to get the barely conscious Ashcroft to renew the domestic spying program….

I’ll leave it at that, and let you watch the testimony. It gets incredible!
But this is also disturbing. Here is corroborated testimony that implicates current Atty. General Gonzales and Presidential Chief of Staff in incredibly corrupt behavior, prompted by the White House, in illegal activity, and then the administration stealing power to go over the heads of Congress and the Atty. General to do what they want with no oversight or compunction, acting like a tyrannical dictator–and I can’t find this in the “liberal media” anywhere! This is big news! Oh, I can find out about Lindsay Lohan being named Maxim’s hottest girl, and an American Idol elimination, but nothing regarding this testimony revealing White House corruption and usurpation of power. “Liberal media” my arse!

Speaking of domestic spying on innocent citizens, here’s an interesting article on BoingBoing:
<> Spying on the Home Front: PBS domestic surveillance doc
We Americans are right now, as I type, having our civil liberties violated, our freedoms eliminated, or privacy invaded, by our government:

“So many people in America think this does not affect them. They’ve been convinced that these programs are only targeted at suspected terrorists. … I think that’s wrong. … Our programs are not perfect, and it is inevitable that totally innocent Americans are going to be affected by these programs,” former CIA Assistant General Counsel Suzanne Spaulding tells FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith in Spying on the Home Front.

It really makes one re-evaluate the naive and ignorant point of view, “If you’re not doing something wrong, you have no need to worry about it.” Let’s forget the fact that every month yet another person is released who has been in a secret prison for months or years with no rights, no lawyer, no charges filed, because of suspicion of “terroristic activity” that ends up being unfounded. Let’s forget for a moment that you or I could be affected due to overreaching by the government and wrongly persecuted because we’ve allowed them to get away with it. It’s a question of basic human rights and American ideals of freedom and personal privacy that is being stripped from us–turning this country into something more akin to Cold War Soviet Russia than the “Home of the Free and Land of the Brave.”

The irony is all this “security” and violation is in the name of protecting American values, and yet it’s that “security” that that is directly eroding and removing the values we’re protecting. Do this long enough, and the U.S. will no longer be an example of freedom and democracy and personal liberty, and we won’t have to worry about protecting them.