Category Archives: Uncle Al
Seems Uncle Al is in some deep caca..he is getting hit from all sides now. First it was the firing of the ‘great 8′ USA’s..then it was the FBI lying about their numbers. Now..we hear that BushCo shut down an investigation by the Justice Departments Office of Professional Responsibility into Bush’s domestic wiretapping without warrants. Uncle Al was going to be investigated during this process and what did the Shrub do to save Uncle Al’s ass?
He denied the investigators security clearances that they needed in order to conduct the investigation. Once he did that..he killed the investigation, thereby saving Uncle Al the embarrassment of being investigated.
The link above goes to a National Journal article on the subject of the OPR investigation. After the NJ article broke..there was a letter sent to Uncle Al about his role in this newest of “fresh hells” for the Bush White House by John Conyers.
The National Journal raises the question..did the Shrub know that Uncle Al was going to most likely be investigated when he killed the investigation? Another point is, did Uncle Al know it and thereby advise the Shrub to kill the investigation. A couple of short blurbs from the NJ piece:
Sources familiar with the halted inquiry said that if the probe had been allowed to continue, it would have examined Gonzales’s role in authorizing the eavesdropping program while he was White House counsel, as well as his subsequent oversight of the program as attorney general.
Current and former Justice Department officials, as well as experts in legal ethics, question the propriety of Gonzales’s continuing to advise Bush about the investigation after learning that it might examine his own actions. The attorney general, they say, was remiss if he did not disclose that information to the president. But if Gonzales did inform Bush about the possibility and the president responded by stymieing the probe, that would raise even more-serious questions as to whether Bush acted to protect Gonzales, they said.
Oh, my dear reader..it gets curiouser and curiouser doesn’t it?
I say Uncle Al will be gone before the end of the month..place your bets now! But, before you do..make sure to read the National Journal article and the Dear Al letter ok?
Crossposted at Bring it On!
Since the revelation that the Bush WH added a little power play to the Patriot Act which would allow him to appoint US Atty’s instead of going through the normal congressional approval process,Uncle Al Gonzalez has been taking some heat. Add to that the FBI screwup which is also splattering on Uncle Al, and you have a news conference scheduled within the hour..
Uncle Al even canceled a trip to enlighten the nation today..should be a goodie.
From Uncle Al’s lips today we hear the following..
Alberto is ‘going to look into it’ regarding the whys and wherefor’s of why the 8 US Atty’s were fired. His Chief of Staff has resigned over this ‘issue’…Uncle Al doesn’t know what exactly, was the criteria for deciding who should stay and who should go.
Uncle Al said he supports wholeheartedly the process of approving US Atty’s by the Congress..then one might ask..why did the WH push through that little addition to the Patriot Act which removed the oversight of Congress..hmmmm.
He wasn’t directly involved in the firing of the “Great 8″..he had delegated that duty to an underling..meaning his COS I assume. His COS was to drive the process..Uncle Al did use the word ‘mistake’ in describing the procedure for determing who was going to get the axe in the US Atty’s office.
He is fielding questions now..
Al is back pedaling his ass of now..stating there is a lack of communication between the Justice dept and the US Atty’s offices. There was a mistake in providing the fired Atty’s with the rationale for firing them.
Then Uncle Al said he stands by the decision to fire them all.
And hot footed it out of there….
The whole thing lasted less than 5 minutes..lots of info given out there Al..ya fuckwit.
From MSNBC, we get this:
“I acknowledge that mistakes were made here. I accept that responsibility,”
“Obviously I am concerned about the fact that information — incomplete information was communicated or may have been communicated to the Congress,” Gonzales said. “I believe very strongly in our obligation to ensure that when we provide information to the Congress, it is accurate and it is complete. And I very dismayed that that may not have occurred here.”
“I stand by that decision and I think it was the right decision. Thank you very much,” he said at the end of the news conference, turned and briskly walked away.
I told ya..he damn near ran out of the place…
PS..that pic really screams for a photoshop don’t ya think?