Off the Front Page: Top lawman says “We’ll break the law”

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(April 11, 2006) On April 7 the Star Tribune (Newspaper of the Twin Cities!) ran a story on the bottom of page 7 reporting that the Attorney General of the United States, Alberto Gonzales, had been asked in a House Judiciary Committee hearing the day before whether the administration could listen in on purely domestic calls (as opposed to calls where one party is abroad). Gonzales said, “I’m not going to rule it out.”

As the Washington Post reported it (and as it appeared in the Star Trib), this would be “a move that would dramatically expand the reach of a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.”

Interesting word, “controversial.” When the federal government brazenly violates federal law and then testifies that it intends to do so even more brazenly, this is “controversial”? There’s the Liberal Media for you!

The Progressive magazine online called the intent revealed by Gonzales” a potentially huge expansion of the Bush Administration’s lawless spying that violates both [U.S. law] and the Fourth Amendment.” The word they use to describe the nation’s top lawmaker refusing to “rule out” the breaking of the law by the federal government is “bombshell.” The word I would use is “Front-Page.”