Keep track of all the transgressions of the Bush administration so you don't have to, here is the Friday edition of Bushed!. And with most statements coming out of the Bush White House, it comes down to one basic question: Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?
First up is the news that the White House is resisting mightily just simply explaining how they define the term "enemy combatant" in describing at least 180 detainees currently held without habeas corpus rights at Guantanamo. Their reason? Defining the term would be....say it with me...dangerous to National Security. That's right. Don't let those terrorist have definitions, that might embolden them.
And then is the little trip to Africa that Bush petulantly threatened to delay if he didn't get his way on FISA. In a BBC interview scheduled to publish on the eve of the planned trip, Bush asserted his commitment to the UN peacekeeping missions. Unfortunately, it appears his commitment is more of the non-financial kind.
And finally, the Orwellian DoublePlusGood Speak award to former Attorney General John Ashcroft who, in a speech to Missouri Republicans, uttered this completely Bizarro-World statement:
Ashcroft defended President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program and his record on civil liberties, declaring that Bush is “among the most respectful of all leaders ever” when it comes to “respecting the civil liberties and rights of individuals.” Bush “respects liberty so profoundly that he has protected it and has safeguarded civil liberties more than any other president in wartime that I know of,” Ashcroft said.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little on that one.