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July 30, 2007


I understood that Ashcroft actually HAD testified, albeit privately...did this never happen?

This link states that Ashcroft testified privately on Thursday June 21, 2007.

And one other link from WaPo

In the wake of all the publicity about the "hospital room show-down," I recalled the fact that the NYT had the story of the NSA spying BEFORE the 2004 election, but choose to sit on it until after the election.

This morning I wrote a letter to the Public Editor [i.e., ombudsman] @ the NYT and requested that he revisit this little episode in his paper's past.

I suggested that had the story been reported β€œin real time,” the hospital room confrontation β€” which occurred in March 2004 β€” might have come to light, and additional inquiry/facts might have flowed from it.

It just really frosts me to see the NYT reporting on the "current" story, without mentioning their own culpability in getting us to where we are now.

Thanks Staar: I've added it into the post.

That HPSCI briefing didn't do us much good, though, did it. Here's Russ Holt on what Ashcroft said:

Ashcroft did not give detailed explanations of what he was so concerned about in 2004, more than two years after the program's inception. "He gave long, rambling, nonspecific answers," Holt said.

Yeah, it was 'handled' very, very quietly. I recall alot of 'distracting' news that Thursday and Friday the 22...no surprise there.

I wonder what Leahy et al know from his testimony that we don't...and I am still mystified as to the reason why they have not asked Mrs. Ashcroft to meet with them.

From TPMmuckraker's the daily muck today:

Via War and Piece: The Senate Judiciary is planning to listen to the testimony of another former Justice Department official. Jack Goldsmith, former chief of the Office of Legal Counsel, will make an appearance in the upcoming weeks. Odds are Goldsmith won't be Gonzales' biggest fan; while at the Department, he wrote the opinion that challenged the legality of the NSA eavesdropping program in 2004. (Newsweek)

Nevermind, War and piece just quotes the "they" that the post is about and TPMmuckraker doesn't source the Senate Judiciary bit. Sorry for any premature hurrays that may still be dashed.


Sure, TPMM says that. But warandpiece and Newsweek, on which this is all based, don't say that.


following the example of a departed Defense Secretary, you might say:

You go to the Committee Hearings with the Congress you have, not the Congress you might want to have!

Jodi, that comment made sense. You feelin' alright?

LOL - Okay, jodi. That was funny.

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