Former Vice President Al Gore asserted Monday that President Bush "repeatedly and persistently" broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without a court warrant and called for a federal investigation of the practice.
Speaking on Martin Luther King Jr.'s national holiday, the man who lost the 2000 presidential election to Bush only after a ruling by the Supreme Court on a recount in Florida, called Bush's warrantless surveillance program "a threat to the very structure of our government." Gore charged that the program has ignored the checks and balances of the courts and Congress.
Gore said that Bush's actions - which the president has defended as indispensable in the war against terrorism - represented a "direct assault" on the special federal court that considers, and decides whether to authorize, administration requests to eavesdrop on Americans.
Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, shot back: "Al Gore's incessant need to insert himself in the headline of the day is almost as glaring as his lack of understanding of the threats facing America. While the president works to protect Americans from terrorists, Democrats deliver no solutions of their own, only diatribes laden with inaccuracies and anger. "
Gore said the concerns are especially important on King's birthday because the slain civil rights leader was among thousands of Americans whose private communications were intercepted by the U.S. government.
King, as a foremost civil rights activist in the 1950s and 60s, had his telephone conversations wiretapped by the FBI, which kept a file on him.Now seriously Al. You had your chance. You blew it bigtime. Now go away already.
Despite the fact that I voted for you (mostly because you decided to show some guts in being your own man and running away from Slick Willie's "sleazegacy"), even I was embarrassed that you went to the courts first and tried to get them to find you some more votes. But thank God Justice O'Connor put a stop to that mess. Now you wanna' score a few brownie points with the same liberals who backstabbed you after you lost in '00, by attacking President Bush?
Now that's just dumb.
Unless, of course, you're getting paid really well to utter such nonsense.
Besides that, it's always funny to me how every year Democrats will use Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday to speak to and about Black folks, then never be heard from again till elections come around or the next MLK Jr. holiday turns up. Whichever comes first of course. And sadly, Black liberals buy it all the time.