Gonzales Gone

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned. Even tho President Bush had been loyally standing by his man this comes as no surprise.

Back in February 2006, Gonzales admitted that the NSA may have "inadvertently" spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists. Patriot Act, gotta love it.

Later it was revealed that eight United States attorneys were fired in December 2006, at least some of them because they wouldn't give information that would unduly help GOP candidates in the last elections. Because of the Patriot Act, the Attorney General also has the ability to bypass congressional approval when replacing fired attorneys. Gonzales claimed he had nothing to do with the decisions, tho an ex-aide contradicts him; he also claimed that such firings are normal procedure. I call it despotism. People should be fired based on poor job performance, not based on how loyal they are to preserving a party. Surrounding himself with only people who agree with him and dismissing those who dare say otherwise is what got us into Iraq in the first place.

Most recently, FBI director Robert Mueller contradicted Gonzales' testimony about discussions regarding the NSA that did Gonzales claims did not take place.

Like I said, it's not at all surprising that Gonzales is gone. But given the extremely high turnover rate of Bush appointees leaving under a cloud of suspicion, it is grim and sad.

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