Future American lawyers to be proud of.
Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.
To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.
Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion that basically ripped his argument a new asshole.
And, as one of the people on the panel said,
"When you're a law student, they tell you if say that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough.
In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today."
- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor
It was a good day for dissent.
Clinton didn't do this. The example case that Gonzales pulled out of his ass to "justify" this outrage on the basis of "...but Bubba did it too!" was surveillance conducted on a CIA official who signed away his right to privacy when he accepted the job. Slight difference between that and spying on ordinary Americans - and make no mistake, that's what's happened. Even the vaguest, flimsiest suspicion of terrorist activity would be enough to easily secure a FISA warrant, even days after the fact. The ONLY reason they would need to avoid the FISA system is if they knew damn well that national security was not the reason for the spying. Hence, what this guy is spewing is complete, unadulterated B.S.
Bush LIED directly to the American public about the fact that they were doing this at all - and now we're supposed to just take his word that he's been breaking the law unnecessarily only to spy on "terrorists"? You must be joking.