Three points on Three Alberto quotes I got from Atrios:
GONZALES: Well, Senator, I would first refer to the experts in the Intel Committee who are making that statement, first of all. I'm just the lawyer.
Wow, it looks like we’ve found an argument that even Alberto Gonzalez won’t make. Everyone’s got their limit, I guess.
GONZALES (cont’d): But if they're not reminded about it all the time in the newspapers and in stories, they sometimes forget.
So, exactly how much do we need to fear people who are so stupid that they forget that their phones might be tapped? I think about this stuff every time I talk about 9/11, terrorists, or politics on the phone; and I’m not doing anything wrong. What are the odds that a terrorist is going to forget about wiretaps while having the exact kind of conversation that requires wiretaps?
And do you think that maybe we’d be able to catch them easier, if we just checked all the NY Times subscribers getting cave delivery? Or are these not the terrorists that Bush has running scared and living in caves?
Alberto: President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.
In defense of Alberto, he said “authorized” not “used”. And he wasn’t referring to powers they authorized for themselves; but the ones they authorized for Bush, so that Bush could surveil electronics on a far broader scale. And they authorized this when they didn’t dissolve the Constitution. Alberto was simply reasserting his argument that Bush’s wiretap authorization stems from broad powers that lay dormant within the Constitution; just waiting for this time in history.