Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Gonzogate update

According to RAW STORY, Hospital-gate hero James Comey disclosed a little more dirt on Gonzo today, indicating that Gonzales tried to remove a layer of oversight (over himself) once he took over as Attorney General at the beginning of Bush's second nightmare term. (Oops, that slipped out.) Apparently Comey was still Deputy Attorney General when Gonzales' reign of terror began.

"Soon after Gonzales became attorney general, his then chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, told Comey that Gonzales's 'vision' was to merge the deputy's office with Gonzales's own office," wrote Chitra Ragavan.

Raghavan quoted Comey as saying that he opposed the move.

"You may want to try that with the next deputy attorney general. But it's not going to work with me," he reportedly told Gonzales's ex-Chief of Staff Sampson.

I am really starting to like this guy.

"Mr. Sampson explained to me a vision for the operation of the Attorney General’s office and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General that would involve operating those respective staffs as essentially one staff," Comey wrote in responses to questions for the record submitted by members of the House Judiciary Committee. The responses were sent to RAW STORY.

Comey went on to explain how Gonzales's plan to merge his office with Comey's would have eliminated a layer of oversight on the Attorney General's decision-making.

"I think such an arrangement risks elimination of the separate vetting and advice function of the DAG and his or her staff. There is great value in having that office – called ODAG -- available to make decisions that need not reach the Attorney General or to review and advise on matters headed to the Attorney General for decision," the former top government attorney wrote. "The risk inherent in combining the staffs is that the separate review and advice function is lost, which would not be in the interest of the Attorney General or the Department."

Comey also answered additional questions about the now famous hospital attack of then sick John Ashcroft by then-White House Counsel Gonzales and fellow White House thug, Andy Card. The two accosted Ashcroft in his hospital room and tried to get the sick man to sign off on the legality of a domestic spying program operated by the National Security Agency.

Comey told House investigators that while John Ashcroft's wife was in the room for the discussion (she did not have a security clearance - like the thugs would have cared; that was the least of their concerns,) Comey didn't know if any classified information had been discussed.

"I did not discuss classified information," he said. "I do not recall whether Mr. Gonzales mentioned any aspects of the matter that would be considered classified, including the name of the program – which was itself classified, as I recall – when addressing Mr. Ashcroft."

Comey also noted that Ashcroft's hospital room had not been cleared as a secure location for discussing classified subjects, or patently illegal breaches of Constitutional law... etc.

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