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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:44 AM
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Top US officials nearly resigned over spy program
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Top US officials nearly resigned over spy program

Thu May 17, 1:21 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - ...............

The crisis began with a dramatic showdown in a hospital room with White House aides pressuring an ailing Ashcroft -- the nation's top law enforcement officer -- to approve the renewal of the spy program despite declarations from his staff that the eavesdropping was illegal, Comey said.

The riveting testimony confirmed for the first time the Justice Department had found the warrantless eavesdropping program illegal.

And equally damaging for the Bush administration, his account also revealed that Alberto Gonzales, now the embattled attorney general, was one of the White House officials lobbying Ashcroft on his sickbed.

The testimony is another blow for Gonzales who faces calls from both Bush's Republicans and Democrats to step down over allegations he sacked federal prosecutors for political reasons.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070517/pl_afp/usjusticees... ;_ylt=Av863LQw_aBwgWOUfUbTAJDMWM0F
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:04 AM
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1. I'll be shocked if gonzo or wolfie go anywhere. that's ok--shock me!
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:22 AM
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2. Wow Ashcroft and Mueller almost did what was right!
They almost get credit for that too. They join Powell and Tenet in that special place we reserve for those who thought about doing the right thing, but then decided to go along with the criminal cabal anyway.

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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 09:08 AM
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3. almost only works in horseshoes and hand grenades.
it's like saying, "they almost had a conscious" LOL
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