Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Credibility at the highests levels: why we don't have it

Senator Feingold calls Mike McConnell to task:
Dear Director McConnell:

I have received a copy of your March 28, 2008, speech at Furman University. In it, you described Senate action on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, stating:

"We had a bill go into the Senate. It was debated vigorously. There were some who said we shouldn't have an Intelligence Community. Some have that point of view. Some say the President of the United States violated the process, spied on Americans, should be impeached and should go to jail. I mean, this is democracy, you can say anything you want to say. That was the argument made. The vote was 68 to 29."

As you correctly noted, the bill was the subject of vigorous debate. Many members of the Senate expressed serious concerns about the lack of checks and balances included in the legislation and the potential impact of the new authorities on the privacy and civil liberties of Americans. Many Senators were also concerned that retroactive immunity for companies alleged to have cooperated with the President's warrantless wiretapping program would undermine the rule of law.

However, I am not aware of any Senator saying or suggesting that "we shouldn't have an Intelligence Community" or that President Bush "should be impeached and should go to jail." I would therefore appreciate your providing a list of all statements made by Senators during the debate that you believe support these assertions. If there are no such examples, you should issue an immediate correction and an apology.

While all sides of this debate deserve to be heard, to falsely attribute statements to United States Senators serves only to mislead the American people. It also undermines your credibility and that of the position of Director of National Intelligence.

Sincerely,

Russell D. Feingold
U.S. Senator
[Emphasis mine]

Yes, they're making shit up, as this administration has tended to do from the beginning, and spouting it out there for public consumption on the assumption, I am guessing, that no one will pay enough attention to verify whether they are lying or not.

Remember the old rule: If their lips are moving....

In the same speech, McConnell asserted that the Senate would agree with the White House. And why shouldn't he assume that? Unless they grow spines and uphold the rule of law. What a concept.

h/t to mcjoan, once again.
--the BB

4 comments:

FranIAm said...

Spines? Law? Truth?

Oh Paul, April Fool's Day was yesterday!

Also- typo in the title of the post.

I continue to grow disgusted beyond imagining.

Paul said...

Oops. Guess we don't have something that I cannot spell. Will correct; thanks.

You're right, Fran, would have been more fitting yesterday.

Poisson d'avril!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Feingold for president! And he's good looking, too. You could even do a Friday prince post on him. He's the Prince of the Senate.

Paul said...

I would totally go for Feingold for President. Barring that, I'm glad he has out back in the Senate. A good man.