Tuesday, July 10, 2007
As he sought to renew the USA Patriot Act two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers. "There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," Gonzales told senators on April 27, 2005.
Six days earlier, the FBI sent Gonzales a copy of a report that said its agents had obtained personal information that they were not entitled to have. It was one of at least half a dozen reports of legal or procedural violations that Gonzales received in the three months before he made his statement to the Senate intelligence committee, according to internal FBI documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The article goes on to detail the violations that the FBI had created. This is yet another example though of a journalist not speaking in plain english.
He lied. The article states that "he was told" and then doesn't draw the conclusion. During the attorney firings hearings I read reports that Gonzales' testimony was "at odds" with the record, or "contradicts" sworn testimony, or "doesn't appear to be accurate".
He is a liar. It isn't being balanced to not just say it. I will repeat something I say often. If something is black, and somebody says it's white, it is not balanced to say things could be gray.