Gonzales’ Testimony on Surveillance Was ‘Confusing, Inaccurate, and … Misleading’

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Ah, Alberto Gonzales. After the then-Attorney General presented a slippery account to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July 2007 of, among other subjects, the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance efforts, a group of Democratic senators quickly moved to investigate Gonzales for perjury. The immediate issue was Gonzales’ assertion that Justice Department employees did not have “reservations” or “concerns” about the legality of the surveillance efforts, when, in fact, former deputy attorney general James Comey had testified in May 2007 that he refused to certify the efforts as legal in March 2004. Most senior Justice and FBI officials even threatened to quit when the administration sought to override Comey.

So what does today’s Inspectors General report say about Gonzales?

[T]he DOJ [Inspector General] concluded that Gonzales, as a participant in the March 2004 dispute between the White House and DOJ and, more importantly, as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, had a duty to balance his obligation not to disclose classified information with the need not to be misleading in his testimony about the events that nearly led to resignations of several senior officials at DOJ and the FBI. The DOJ [Inspector General] concluded that Gonzales did not intend to mislead Congress, but it found that his testimony was confusing, inaccurate, and had the effect of misleading those who were not knowledgeable about the program.

Gonzales, by the way, was just hired by Texas Tech’s political science department.

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Comment posted July 10, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

“The DOJ [Inspector General] concluded that Gonzales did not intend to mislead Congress…”
Given the rest of that particular sentence, how does one reach that conclusion?

Comment posted July 10, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

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[...] Spencer Ackerman is plowing through the joint IGs’ report on domestic surveillance that was just released. Among the conclusions he’s finding in the report: most leads secured by the secret surveillance program were determined not to have any connection to terrorism and — surprise!–then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ July 2007 testimony to Congress about the surveillance program was “confusing, inaccurate, and … had the effect of misleading.” [...]

Comment posted July 12, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

“Gonzales’ Testimony on Surveillance Was ‘Confusing Inaccurate and Misleading’ so Prosecute for lying under oath-Do Something! #fb

A Conspiracy To Deceive Congress for eight years, about a secret CIA program is just like the Conspiracy To Ignore And Render Moot Our US-Federal Anti-Torture Laws.

It is time our Congressmen, Republican as well as Democrats showed us they support our Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers.

The time is now!

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[...] Independent.  He highlights the finding that Alberto Gonzales’s testimony before Congress was misleading, but not intentionally so.  He also reports that the IGs determined that the majority of leads generated by the program had [...]

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