You know how when someone overstays their welcome at a party and hints start getting aired? Or when you watch a prizefighter struggling to stay in the fight even though it’s obvious he’s going to lose and when punch after punch lands on a bloody bruised face? Isn’t it almost sickening?

I mean, must I be forced to write things like:

Liar. Liar. Pants on Fire. (emphasis mine)

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 acts recounted in the FBI reports included unauthorized surveillance, an illegal property search and a case in which an Internet firm improperly turned over a compact disc with data that the FBI was not entitled to collect, the documents show. Gonzales was copied on each report that said administrative rules or laws protecting civil liberties and privacy had been violated.

So to sum up, Gonzales’ DOJ violated constitutional protections and then proceeded to lie about it before Congress and the American people. Please Alberto. It’s almost too sad and sorry to watch. Just resign already and take your place as yet another paragon of Bush Administration bad guys. Time to stop frontin’ and get to steppin’.

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