AbuGhraibo Quaintzalez at the Specter NSA Wiretapping Hearings
I’ve been following (through Glenn Greenwald’s live blogging) the testimony of Attorney General AbuGhraibo Quaintzalez before the Senate Judiciary Committee got me to thinking about congressional testimony in general. To wit:
When the Attorney General is called by Congress to testify on controversial matters of dmoestic spying and national security in a time of war, he need not be sworn in under oath.
When the CEOs of the oil industry are called by Congress to testify on allegations of price fixing, when prices rise to $3 for a gallon of gas, oil rises to prices in the $60s per barrel, when hurricanes and war disrupt the flow of oil, yet their companies post record-breaking profits quarter after quarter, they need not be sworn in under oath.
When the president and vice president are called by an independent Congressional commission to investigate their actions and knowledge related to the worst attack on American soil, they need not be sworn in under oath.
But when professional baseball millionaires are called by Congress to testify whether they were using steroids, for which Major League Baseball lacked rules governing their use prior to the hearings, THEY MUST be sworn in under oath.
Because, you know, if we allow baseball players to get off the hook for lying to Congress, all hell may break loose!