If you’re astonished by this, you just slept through the last eight years. The rest of us were patiently waiting to see just how much worse the Bush regime was – we knew a fair bit about their nefariousness, but we knew there was much, much more.
And now there’s an inspectors general report covering five intelligence agencies, digging deep into the activities of that regime.
That thumping sound you hear is about ten thousand shoes dropping.
Astonishing fact #1: Bush’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program didn’t protect as advertised.
Astonishing fact #2: Bush attorney-shopped until Gonzo certified his illegal activity as legal for him. Bonus fun: Gonzo “called Goldsmith to inform him that the President, in issuing the Authorization, had made an interpretation of law concerning his authorities and that DOJ should not act in contradiction of the President’s determinations.” I guess being a Con president lets you declare yourself a lawyer without all that pesky law school stuff, eh?
Astonishing fact #4: Oh, yeah, and the whole surveillance program was founded on lies.
That’s just a small selection, of course. Plenty more fuckery where that comes from.
But there’s always some bonus fuckery. This bit’s great to have on hand when Cons swoon over the President shaking hands with foreign leaders they don’t like: US Government Covered Up War Crimes Committed by CIA’s Warlord.
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
If you wonder why Cheney was so eager to hide his antics, well, it’s possibly something to do with assassination squads.
But remember, kiddies: Obama’s the real threat to American democracy. The Cons keep telling he’s the next Hitler, and hey, who could possibly be more convincing than the group of assclowns that worshipped Bush for eight solid years, right?