Listen carefully

Zac passes on a Yahoo story that looks as if it would be awfully embarrassing to Bush. To be sure, Bush is not embarrassed by flagrant lies; but remember, he's wounded, and the rats are edging in, looking for a good meal and a bit of payback to the predator that they didn't dare challenge for a few years; so the rules may be changing.

(I am here shamelessly stealing from what I put in a comment to Zac's posting. Hope this doesn't violate any traditional blogiquette.)

Read the story, and see the series of flagrant lies. Then read those damning quotes again with an analytical eye.

"Any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order,"

"When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so,..."

" the way, everything you hear about requires court order, requires there to be permission from a FISA court, for example,"

"any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order,..."

"Law enforcement officers need a federal judge's permission to wiretap a foreign terrorist's phone,..."

Y'know, when I started copying out these quotes, I thought I was going to make a real cute and satirical point, and by the time I finished, I had convinced myself (almost, anyway) that it's no goddam accident of rhetoric, but quite deliberate. Turn up the volume and listen again:

talking about wiretap
talking about chasing down
that you hear about
action ... by law enforcement
Law enforcement officers need

And you will hear the subtext:
However, the ones we are not talking about, because they are not done by law enforcement officers but by the Omnipotence, who does not answer to law or the Constitution--well, you don't hear us talking about them, do you?

Nattering nabobs will claim that Dubya doesn't have the brains to plan all this careful wording (agreed) or to stay on script like this -- here, I'm not so sure. The weasel wording is just too perfect.

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