A week or so ago I saw that Feingold has rebuked Gonzalez for misleading him during congressional testimony in January 2005 concerning illegal wiretapping. However, Feingold had not said anything about the President’s lies on this issue.
So I called Feingold’s office and insisted that, if he had even a hope of my vote in 2008, he should (1) Draw attention to the President’s statements in 2004 assuring the American people that a wiretap requires a court order, (2) Put the heat directly on the President, rather than those who work for him, and (3) Say directly that the President has misled the American people on this issue.
Here are experpts from a speech Feingold plans to give on the Senate floor soon:
[The President] is misleading the American people in his efforts to justify this program.
But let’s put aside the Attorney General for now. The burden is not just on him to come clean — the President has some explaining to do. The Presidentï¿½s defense of his actions is deeply cynical, deeply misleading, and deeply troubling.
Here’s what the President said on April 20, 2004: ï¿½Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires ï¿½ a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When weï¿½re talking about chasing down terrorists, weï¿½re talking about getting a court order before we do so.ï¿½
And again, on July 14, 2004: ï¿½The government canï¿½t move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order.ï¿½
The irony is that I made the call to Feingold’s office on the same cellphone the Administration is surely tapping. Take that, MoFoz!