"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales contended Saturday that some critics of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program were defining freedom in a way that presents a "grave threat" to U.S. security.
Gonzales was the second administration official in two days to attack a federal judge's ruling last August that the program was unconstitutional. Vice President Dick Cheney on Friday called the decision "an indefensible act of judicial overreaching." "
"Cheney, in an address Friday to the Federalist Society, said Taylor's order was troubling because it was "tying the hands of the president of the United States in the conduct of a war." He added: "And this is a matter entirely outside the competence of the judiciary."
In his prepared remarks, Gonzales dismissed as "myth" the charge that civil liberties were being sacrificed in the fight against terrorism. He defended the USA Patriot Act and the handling of detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"To achieve victory at the cost of eroding civil liberties would not really be a victory. We cannot change the core identity of our nation and claim success," he said. "
Interesting. Suddenly, the Judicial system is completely "incompetent" to decide Constitutional issues (I'm assuming that an A.G. - among others - with only a bachelor's degree is more capable?).
It's funny that they were always "competent" enough to do so before the rape of the system began.
Amazingly enough, Gonzo did hit the nail on the head with that last quoted statement:
"We cannot change the core identity of our nation and claim success"
Something I - and a lot of others - have been saying since the original 'patriot' act got passed.
The three most dangerous individuals left in the current Administration (to our identity as a country, and the concepts upon which this country were based) are Cheney, Gonzo, and Chertoff - every terrorist in the world put together doesn't equal the same threat to this country's soul. Pete