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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 12:38 PM
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Edited on Tue Feb-26-08 12:39 PM by marmar
...... or a MENSA member. :dunce: :dunce: :dunce:


from Think Progress:

Perino Attempts To Defend Wiretapping Spin, Eventually Admits Im Not A Lawyer

Over the weekend, the Bush administration went full throttle in attacking Congress for not granting telecommunications firms immunity from violating federal privacy laws. On Friday, Attorney General Michael Mukasey and DNI Michael McConnell sent a letter to Congress claiming that the nation was now more vulnerable to terrorist attack and other foreign threats.

In todays White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino continued the attacks on Congress. When reporters pressed Perino to explain how intelligence analysts are now limited since the expiration of the Protect America Act (PAA), Perino was forced to concede that she had no idea:

QUESTION: Is it not the case, as the writers of the op-ed in todays Post claim, that the law protects all of this until August?

PERINO: Its a little bit more complex than that.

QUESTION: Dana, to be clear, dont you still you can still pursue that information, go after it, as long as you come back within three days and get a warrant under FISA, correct? I mean

PERINO: Im not a lawyer.

QUESTION: If this is such a big deal, why didnt the president accept another extension? The president made clear he wouldnt accept it.

PERINO: Well, thats true, but they wouldnt have been able to pass it anyway.


Watch it: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/25/perino-wiretapping /


Throughout the briefing, Perino referred reporters to the letter by Mukasey and McConnell. But even that letter was weak. Just a few hours later, the administration was forced to backtrack and admit that nothing had changed; all the telecos had agreed to continue cooperating with the governments requests for information. ......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/25/perino-wiretapping /




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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 12:40 PM
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1. Damn, she's like the Dr. McCoy of stupid.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 12:43 PM
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2. at some point, even a Press Sec become culpable for attempting to scare the
American public with BS that she knows to be BS
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hisownpetard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 12:57 PM
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3. She is stuck on stupid.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-26-08 01:01 PM
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4. Poor Dana.
So pretty, so empty.
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