At a White House press conference featuring Tony Blair and George Bush on May 17, 2007, Bush was asked if he had ordered White House Council Alberto Gonzales and his chief of staff Andrew Card to visit Attorney General John Ashcroft in the hospital (March 10, 2004) in order to get him to reauthorize the National Security Agency’s secret (and illegal) domestic surveillance program. This, even though James B. Comey was acting Attorney General at the time and had refused to authorize it.
Bush looked very uncomfortable, like a deer in the headlights. He answered by referring to the subject in general and not to the question of his involvement. He refused to answer.
On the night of March 10, 2004, Mr. Ashcroft’s chief of staff received a call from Ashcroft’s wife, who said she was notified by the White House that Gonzales and Card were on the way to the hospital. He contacted Comey, who rushed to the hospital with his security detail.
Comey testified: “I have some recollection that the call was from the President himself, but I don’t know that for sure.” [nytimes.com, David Stout, May 15, 2007]
In the confrontation at the hospital, Mr. Ashcroft, from his bed, “lifted his head off the pillow and in very strong terms expressed his views on the matter…[then said] But that doesn’t matter, because I’m not the attorney general. There is the attorney general,” pointing to Comey. Gonzales and Card left, without a signature and without a word to Comey. [ The Seattle Times, Dan Eggen and Paul Kane, May 16, 2007]
As a result, the (illegal) surveillance program was reauthorized on March 11, 2004, without a signature from the Department of Justice…” [New York Times, 2007/05/15]
It seems likely that George Bush did send Gonzales and Card to the hospital to convince a sick John Ashcroft to sign off on the program.
In fact, it fits his history of actions that are destroying the U.S Constitution, such as his assault on the 4th amendment, his failure to carry out his oath of office by not enforcing Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, and, by engaging in a conspiracy with corporate leaders, members of his administration, the Congress and others to replace the sovereign United States of America with a union of North America.
This union will have a government, including a parliament, that will exercise sovereignty over the three member states of the union. And the laws and constitutions of North America’s three states will be harmonized, rendering them null and void, much like what is happening in the European Union now. See “A North American Government: Documentation” at http://www.raykania.com
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