Al Gore rips Bush in speech, no one covers it
The crook, liar and admitted lawless eavesdropping advocate in the White House got ripped a new one in a speech by Al Gore today, who was joined at the Liberty Foundation event by conservative former Rep. Bob Barr. You might recall that Barr called for the impeachment of Clinton, so a show of unity on this topic is a shot across the bow at this Administration.
Gore called on Congress to renew oversight and for Attorney General Alberto “Torture is Good” Gonzalez to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged privacy abuses. He also called for additional whistleblower protections for members of the executive branch who speak out to report evidence of illegal activities. Here’s a slam-dunk excerpt:
At present, we still have much to learn about the NSA’s domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.
Can it be true that any president really has such powers under our Constitution? If the answer is “yes” then under the theory by which these acts are committed, are there any acts that can on their face be prohibited? If the President has the inherent authority to eavesdrop, imprison citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can’t he do?
Glenn Greenwald brilliantly deconstructs on C&L; that this is an issue the Dems cannot be allowed to deal with in the usual half-ass, shiftless, positionless, weaselly way.
It is past time for Democrats to dispense with the tepid, half-hearted, non-committal language when talking to Americans about why this scandal is so serious. Democrats, like Gore did today, must explain clearly to the country that Bush is deliberately breaking the law and has vowed to continue to do so, and that he and his followers have literally embraced a theory of Presidential power which claims that the permanent “war” we are fighting gives Bush the power to break the law.
That George Bush broke the law is crystal clear and easy to explain. Gore just did so with perfect clarity. That Bush has vowed to continue breaking the law based on his belief that the Constitution gives him the power of law-breaking is something which most Americans will instinctively and viscerally reject – provided that this is explained to them clearly and unapologetically.
By the way, this speech wasn’t covered by any of the cable news organizations. That, in itself, is a scandal. No matter what you think of Al Gore, the man almost won (or actually won) the election in 2000; he was the vice president of this country, serving in an administration that was dogged by “scandals” that in hindsight can’t even touch what the current criminal administration has perpetrated on this great nation. What he says can and should carry enough weight to be covered by the MSM.
Peter Daou on this outrage.
If a tree falls in a forest… A former Vice-President of the United States delivers a major speech accusing George W. Bush of breaking the law. What do all three cable news nets cover under the “Breaking News” banner? An overturned tanker truck on a New York highway. THIS is the problem for the left. And as I’ve said a hundred times: if the Dem establishment doesn’t go after the media institutionally, things simply will not change.
And Shakes Sis:
I swear to Jeebus if aliens landed on US soil with the express purpose of delivering to us an environmentally-friendly fuel source which could be utilized by our existing infrastructure and costing nary a penny to implement, Pat Robertson would give a speech on his own crackpot television show claiming the aliens were sent by God to slaughter us as retribution for homosexual deviance, Gore would give an important policy address about the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of the new fuel, and Robertson would get the fucking headline. That is, until Fox News pulled a single line out of Gore’s speech about how he once voted to fund an experimental extraterrestrial communications program, and report it as “Unstable Gore Says He Personally Invited Aliens.”
Boy the Freeper response is w-e-a-k and predictable. This means that they are worried.
“Sponsored by the “Committee” to Export Islamic Jihadist Terror worldwide…”
“Hope Barr likes his new friend. Have these guys been having chit-chats with Al-Qaeda that’s been making them so upset?”
“Happens…as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)”
“A priceless example of why Democrats cannot be trusted with our nation’s defense. The rights of terrorists and their kinsmen in America are paramount in their mind to the safety of everyone. Maybe this is some weird re-ordering of that saying. “First they came for the terrorists, and I did nothing. Next they came for the …” What a bunch of hooey.”
“As usual, The Seasoned Elm is all over the map: there’s global warming and prescription drug plans, Big Brother-style government surveillance, the “balance of power” and all the rest. Funny, coming from a leftist fanatic who had no problem with Carnivore of Echelon or tapping every phone in America with the Clipper Chip.”
“Dear Stupid, WE ARE AT WAR YOU TRAITOROUS MORON!! Signed, the American People.”
“I love it when the stupid RATS take the wrong side of an issue! Al Baby, check the polls and sit down and STFU! Also, it looks like Al has picked up the verbosity of his former boss.”
“From what I have been able to put together, the government is monitoring all international calls for certain keywords. If these keywords are recognized, the conversation is recorded and sent to an analyst to determine a threat level. If this is true, I have to say that I agree – it is unconstitutional and needs to be stopped. There are very clear laws on the books to prevent this – it is not allowable without a warrant! People need to realize that taking away liberties and disregarding existing law cannot be allowed.”
“WRONG…what the constitution protects US from it use of information in a criminal trial without a warrant to gather that info.The administration is not going to court with the info gathered, or trying to prosecute with the info gathered, rather they are using the info to stop, or interfere with the process of foreign nationals [or U.S. citizens who have ties to foreign nationals] who might be planning to bring harm and/or chaos to the the U.S. people or their properties.”
“J E Hoover is dancing in his grave to the Hammer’s tune; Can’t Touch This.”
“This is enough to make us get down on our knees and thank God that this man was not and is not president. I wonder if there would be a building left standing in the country as he tried to placate the terrorists. It is enough to make one wake up in a cold sweat at night.”
u lost, get over it.”
“Is that White Noise I hear???”
“As I’ve said many times before, if Algore had been President on 9/11, he’d still be negotiating the size of the negotiating table with the Taliban.”
“Boy oh boy I scrolled down and scrolled down and it just kept on going down and down! Longwinded screed. Whew, this must be what they call the Al Qaeda Bill of Rights. Our U.S. Constitution isn’t half as long.”
“Abu al Ghore?”
“soreloserman, yada, yada, yada….yada, yada yada, yada, yada, yada. His yearly tirade. Was he wearing earth tones? Did he know what channel his speech would be carried on? Did he kiss Tipper at the end of the speech? Was she even there? So maneeeeeee questions……”
“If he had delivered this speech the day Clinton was impeached….rather than calling him the best president ever…..Gore would have easily won the 2000 election. This guy is a walking disaster zone!!”