God bless Amy Goodman for showing extended clips on today's Democracy Now! of the Alberto Gonzales testimony before the senate yesterday regarding the president's unprecedented spying on Americans. It was good to watch senators learn that they--as we, the rest of the freakin' nation--simply don't have the right to know anything about nuthin'.
On more than one occasion, Gonzales leaned on the ruse of bad memory--"I don't remember"--or refused to answer senator's questions because they, as members of the senate judicial committee charged with overseeing the attorney general, simply don't have the right to know about the spying on Americans, or its extent, because it would damage national security or place in jeopardy "presidential privilege".
But obfuscation aside, an interesting anecdote to Gonzales' appearance was the fact his testimony of Bush's illegal spying on us was done without taking an oath to tell the truth. This was permitted by the committee's chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, not at Gonzales' request (who assured us, oath or no oath, what he would say would be the same...i.e., he didn't need an oath to lie, or not to lie...we can be the judges of which).
As Bush and Cheney had demonstrated when appearing before the congressional commission investigating 9/11, taking an oath swearing to tell the truth isn't really necessary. It does Dada's heart good to see the death of this meaningless act based--Dada assumes--on some Christian tradition in that a bible is sometimes used to scare, shitless, witnesses of purposeful deceit.
Men of "honor" and "faith" have been dishing out lies under oath for years. I give credit to Bush and Cheney, as well as thanks, for the dismantling of that meaningless facade of integrity that so embarrassed former president, Bill Clinton. Christ, we're so beyond the age of honor, chivalry, and knights (with body armor).