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It ain’t over ‘til it’s over and even then it ain’t over!

Right from the time of Presidential assassinations to 9/11 and now to the firing of 8 US attorneys, an affinity for official secrecy has now become a defining characteristic of the Bush administration. In this video, Jon Stewart exposes the US Senate’s weakness, when the President’s Attorney general answers many questions with an eloquent phrase of “I don’t know”. Here are a few excerpts of the White House’s unanswered questions:

9/11 investigations –
Al Qosi, a Sudanese accountant apprehended on suspicions of ties to Al Qaeda, claimed that U.S. military inquisitors had subjected him and others to bizarre forms of humiliation and abuse at Guantanamo Bay. The answer given by a Senate representative was that they could not talk about the matter in question because it was going be investigated.

CIA Leak -
In 2003, the Bush administration was in hot water again over Valerie Plame, a former CIA officer who held non-official cover (NOC) status before her classified covert CIA identity was exposed in a syndicated American newspaper column. Response by the Senate was that they could talk about it because the investigation had just gotten over.

‘Scooter’ Libby -
Former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was convicted on federal charges of lying and obstructing an investigation into the Iraq war. At a press conference, the White House spokesperson said that they could not comment on an ‘ongoing investigation’ after Scooter Libby had already been convicted.

Firing of 8 US Attorneys –
Most recently, Mr. Alberto Gonzales could not release the documents on the investigation because he was currently in the ‘midst of an ongoing investigation.’

So the whole point being that the White House cannot talk about any ‘investigations’ before, in the midst of, or after they are over. This trend has been ‘ongoing’ since times immemorial. No matter who you question in the Senate, their answer is that they cannot comment as they are not permitted to do so. So who is this mysterious phantom who can shut even the President’s mouth? Isn’t the President the leader of the country? Is the Freedom to Information Act a farce? Are the people of America being led to the merry tunes of the White House?

That was the end of my rant…Jon Stewart took a more light hearted approach to the topic. Check out the video and makeup your own mind. Is it over?

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