Jonathan Turley, a Constitutional law expert, unloaded on Bush during his segment on "Countdown" tonight. He's been critical before, but watch this clip. Turley calls attention to the fact that Bush likes hiring officials who have either been convicted or pleaded guilty to crimes or others who should have been indicted. He also rakes Gen. Hayden over the coals.
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Turley: Well, first of all this President's theory of his power I think is now so extreme that it's unprecedented. He believes that he has the inherent authority to violate federal law. He has said that. Not just the signing statements and the infamous torture memo-that Alberto Gonzales signed. It was stated that he could in some circumstances order federal officials to violate federal law and this is consistent across the board with this President. Frankly, I'm not too sure what he thought he was swearing to when he took the oath of office to uphold the Constitution and our laws. I've never seen a President who is so uncomfortable in his constitutional skin.
Just tell us what you really think. Turley regularly appears on FOX News, who treat him with respect so for all the wingnuts that will certainly call him a moonbat-please think again.
(h/t Truthstream )
Update: Looks like we've been all correct once again:
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews....read on
This explains Alberto's reluctance to answer any questions at the NSA hearings and the reason Specter didn't put him under oath.
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