Gonzo Journalism Redux

Topic: AG Gonzales in the hot seat before the U.S. Senate

Best coverage of the craven kabuki performed live on C-SPAN Thursday that I've seen so far has been at The Progress Report and at WSWS.org.

Of particular crushing import to Citizen Ray is this quote from WSWS:

"...There seems to have been a prior agreement between senators of both parties not to raise such issues as the abuse of national security letters by the FBI and the illegal surveillance of telecommunications and e-mails by the NSA, both of which Gonzales has vocally defended.... One study has found that the Department of Justice has investigated or prosecuted corruption charges against 298 Democrats and only 67 Republicans in the past six years. Not a single Democratic senator cited this widely reported finding Likewise, the Justice Department has conducted multiple investigations of alleged vote fraud since 2001, but not a single case involving the denial of the right to vote for black, Hispanic or other minority voters. There were no questions on that either."

Immediately what came to my mind was the ominous warning given by former SEC Commissioner Arthur Leavitt as he left Washington at the start the Bush Monarchy. Leavitt said point-blank, "the little guy no longer has any friends in Washington." Well, we can at least be encouraged by the fact that Washington State ain't that bad, yet....


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