Monday, December 26, 2005

Jus' Frontin' Fo' Massa

We are a little confused by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Here he was, a decorated soldier, one of the heroes of the first Gulf War, and potential presidential candidate. Then he went to work for George Bush. We all know how that went. So we wonder why, after all he has finally escaped the from the current administration he would say this..
Now, a lesser blog would make references to brand of cookie, or a particular uncle, but we refrain and mention only that he appears to have graduated from the Clarance Thomas School of Gentlemanly Deportment.

Former secretary of state Colin Powell has defended the US administration arguing there was "nothing wrong" with President Bush not seeking warrants before engaging in domestic spying. "Of course I'm also the one who saw nothing wrong with going before the UN with trumped up charges and flawed intelligence to try and convince them to join us in the Iraq invasion, so I'm probably not the best person to ask."

"The president made a determination that he had sufficient authority from the Congress to do this in the way that he did it," Powell said. "What the heck, if he had to get warrants he would have just made stuff up anyway, like we did with Iraq."

The Congress will have to make a judgment as to whether or not they think the president was using the law correctly or not. And we all know what a bunch of wusses they are. Once Dick 'explains' the situation to them, they'll be get back to debating what the national dinosaur shoud be, like they're supposed to."

Asked if such spying should continue, Powell said: "Yes, of course it should continue. If obey the laws, the terrorists win."

Similar revelations about domestic spying led to legislation in the 1970s that allows for wiretapping but requires government agencies to obtain a warrant from a special court. Though Powell said he was not aware of the current operations, but "my own judgment is that it didn't seem to me, anyway, that it would have been that hard to go get the warrants. But the president doesn't like to write things down you know. There's all that spelling and grammar. Not his strong suite."

US media also reported that the government runs a secret program to monitor homes, workplaces and mosques of Muslims in six US cities for signs of possible nuclear radiation. "Well, somebody has to have the weapons of mass destruction," Powell said. "Timothy McVeigh is dead so that leaves only the Muslims who hate us."

Bush and his top aides have stressed that the order for eavesdropping was limited to those suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda. But the latest reports about vetting vast amounts of data indicate the spying is more far-reaching. "Look, with the president's poll numbers in the toilet, we know there are a lot of people out there who don't have much good to say about him. We just need to know who those people are, that's all." Powell explained. "Nothing to worry about."

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