Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I suppose if Calico Cats, or Prostitutes were involved, he'd have been more interested. John Ashcroft, right-wing evangelical Republican, once again is demonstrating that when it comes to the 10 Commandments, some sins are greater than others...but, the ninth one, about giving false witness is especially low in rank. Applying the strict construction conservative shibboleth (ooh, I likes the biblical language bullshit) it appears that this only applies when you are testifying against your neighbor. And Johnny don't live next to no heathen FBI dude.
The 9/11 commission is busy writing its final report, but is still investigating critical facts, including the conduct of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. NBC News has learned that the commission has interviewed two FBI officials who contradict sworn testimony by Ashcroft, about whether he brushed off terrorism warnings in the summer of 2001... Yet, Pickard testified to the 9/11 commission that when he tried to brief Ashcroft just a week later, on July 12, about the terror threat inside the United States, he got the brush-off. "Mr. Ashcroft told you that he did not want to hear about this anymore," Democratic commission member Richard Ben-Veniste asked on April 13. "Is that correct?" "That is correct," Pickard replied. Testifying under oath the same day, Ashcroft categorically denied the allegation, saying, "I did never speak to him saying that I didn't want to hear about terrorism." However, another senior FBI official tells NBC News he vividly recalls Pickard returning from the meeting that day furious that Ashcroft had cut short the terrorism briefing. This official, now retired, has talked to the 9/11 commission. NBC News has learned that commission investigators also tracked down another FBI witness at the meeting that day, Ruben Garcia, head of the Criminal Division at that time. Several sources familiar with the investigation say Garcia confirmed to the commission that Ashcroft did indeed dismiss Pickard's warnings about al-Qaida. "When you get two people coming forth and basically challenging a sworn statement by the attorney general regarding a critical meeting in the history of the 9/11 event, you raise serious questions about the Attorney General's truthfulness," says Paul Light, a government reform expert and New York University professor...
Oh, ignore this, the righties proclaim, Michael Moore edits a's all so unfair. Ashcroft has to lie, he's on a mission from God.
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