July 18, 2006

He is the decider after all

CNN (emphasis mine):

President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department investigation of the anti-terror eavesdropping program that intercepts Americans' international calls and e-mails, administration officials said Tuesday.

Bush refused to grant security clearances for department investigators who were looking into the role Justice lawyers played in crafting the program, under which the National Security Agency listens in on telephone calls and reads e-mail without court approval, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Without access to the sensitive program, the department's Office of Professional Responsibility closed its investigation in April.

"It was highly classified, very important and many other lawyers had access. Why not OPR?" Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, the committee chairman, asked Gonzales.

"The president of the United States makes the decision," Gonzales replied.

That's right. The decider in chief. Making decides. Es. Decideses. Ions. Decidesesions. Right. Making 'em.

Posted by binky at July 18, 2006 05:02 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Free Speech | J. Edgar Hoover | Liberty | Shame | Shine the Light on It | The Ever Shrinking Constitution

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