The White House smear of Al Gore was dutifully picked up here in the Delaware-blogosphere by Delathought
. That is how the right-wing smear machine works, everyone plays his or her part. Now it turns out that the AP has updated its story on the Bush administrations smear of Gore to include the facts: charges of hypocrisy leveled against former Vice President Al Gore by Attorney General Gonzales were completely baseless.McClellan said the Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge. He said Clintons deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, had testified before Congress that the president had the inherent authority to engage in physical searches without warrants.
I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds, McClellan said of Gore.
But at the time of the Ames search in 1993 and when Gorelick testified a year later, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act required warrants for electronic surveillance for intelligence purposes, but did not cover physical searches. The law was changed to cover physical searches in 1995 under legislation that Clinton supported and signed.
Bush's attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, made the same arguments as McClellan during interviews Monday on CNNs Larry King Live and Fox News Channels Hannity & Colmes.
The bottom line is that The White House responded to Gores criticism with a dishonest smear. That is not surprising. The surprising part is that they still
have a great many dupes and apologists like Delathought
who are eager to aid and abet them in their malfeasance.
The larger issue, however, is that the White House doesnt have an honest response to criticism of their warrantless domestic wiretapping program.