Gonzales lied in testimony to Senate

Documents show that eight congressional leaders were briefed about the Bush administration’s terrorist surveillance program on the eve of its expiration in 2004, contradicting sworn Senate testimony this week by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The documents, obtained by The Associated Press, come as senators consider whether a perjury investigation should be opened into conflicting accounts about the program and a dramatic March 2004 confrontation leading up to its potentially illegal reauthorization.

A Gonzales spokesman maintained Wednesday that the attorney general stands by his testimony.

At a heated Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Gonzales repeatedly testified that the issue at hand was not about the terrorist surveillance program, which allowed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on suspects in the United States without receiving court approval.

Instead, Gonzales said, the emergency meetings on March 10, 2004, focused on an intelligence program that he would not describe.

Gonzales, who was then serving as counsel to Bush, testified that the White House Situation Room briefing sought to inform congressional leaders about the pending expiration of the unidentified program and Justice Department objections to renew it. Those objections were led by then-Deputy Attorney General Jim Comey, who questioned the program’s legality.

“The dissent related to other intelligence activities,” Gonzales testified at Tuesday’s hearing. “The dissent was not about the terrorist surveillance program.”

“Not the TSP?” responded Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. “Come on. If you say it’s about other, that implies not. Now say it or not.”

“It was not,” Gonzales answered. “It was about other intelligence activities.”

A four-page memo from the national intelligence director’s office shows that the White House briefing with the eight lawmakers on March 10, 2004, was about the terror surveillance program, or TSP.

The memo, dated May 17, 2006, and addressed to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, details “the classification of the dates, locations, and names of members of Congress who attended briefings on the Terrorist Surveillance Program,” wrote then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

It shows that the briefing in March 2004 was attended by the Republican and Democratic House and Senate leaders and top Intelligence Committee members, as Gonzales testified.


  1. Warren

    Wow. Two things come to mind. First, this is just so brazen. Gonzo KNOWS that eight others were briefed on the meeting and can contradict him. He KNOWS there’s a document from the intelligence director’s office that will contradict him. And he doesn’t give a RAT’S ASS. He says anything he wants and expects Congress to take it or leave it. It’s a completely in-your-face screw-you to Congress. Why didn’t he just give Congress the one-finger salute? How brazenly confrontational can one get?

    The second thing is the “other intelligence activities” he uses as a cover up, that he can’t talk about. He’s defying Congress to try to uncover the other shoe that hasn’t yet dropped. I can’t wait.

  2. ekaton

    Yes, this has been mentioned BRIEFLY in the mainstream media and then dropped.

    — Kent Shaw

  3. drich291

    If the surveillance program expired in March 2004 and, as I have heard, was a 3 year program. That would mean it started before 9/11 !!!!

  4. anthny

    Gonzales lied about this because the truth would put them all behind bars. The whole mess is about Election Fraud, and the secret meetings he had were how to suceed in 2004 by removing people form voting lists.
    Greg Palast proved it in 2000 and again in 2004, but the MSM would not cover such outrageous things as stealing elections.

  5. Steve Horn

    It would appear that everything is unclear to Gonzales, his recollection of conversations, his inclusion in decisions and the legality of his parents migration to the United States.

    Two things seem quite clear to me. One is that Gonzales is a liar. Second is that it’s damned unlikely that congress will take any real action against any member of this corrupt arrogant administration. I find this (the lack of action) to be the more disturbing of the two.

    To be quite frank, finding a liar in the current administration is about as difficult as finding a gambler in a casino or a hooker in a brothel. Or a full body bag in Iraq.



  6. Rick Fuller

    Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress this week? How about the big fib he told in 05/2006 regarding his knowledge of the status of his grandparents by saying: “It’s just not clear.”

    “Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said yesterday that he’s been unable to determine whether his grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico legally.

    “Three of my grandparents were born in Mexico,” Gonzales explained to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “They came to Texas. My parents — both of my parents were born in Texas, extremely poor.”
    Pressed on whether they were legally documented, the nation’s top lawman responded: “It’s unclear. And I’ve looked at this issue, I’ve talked to my parents about it, and it’s just not clear.”

    Gonzales said that whether or not his grandparents came to the U.S. legally, his story represents the classic American dream.”


    One thing is clear: Once a liar, always a liar.

  7. yarply

    Is this really news. I mean,, when is he NOT lying. Its who he is,, Its what he does. He can’t help himself,,He was born that way, its in his genetic makeup, its a mutant gene, its because he’s short, his dad did it to him, his mom did also, he didn’t get wheaties when he was young, he was under nourished as a child, ridiculed by other kids, he was taught it in school, saw it on TV. Everyone he knows does it.

    ITS NOT HIS FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. geyser

    Okay, Alberto lied, fibbed, hid the truth, his tongue will turn Black so, will something be done about this? It appears to be iron clad proof, no spaces, no loopholes. The Democrats can be sure of nothing falling through the cracks to change anything. Is this good enough for the Congress to go forward and have Alberto removed from the Attorney Generals seat? I wish I could answer with certainty, Yes. Congress could be gun shy from all the other failures. They don’t want their approval rating to start reading in the negative, it’s low enough now. They will probably wait to see how the president reacts. Will bush still stand behind Alberto? Do liars stick together, always? bush being the Lame Duck that he is, has nothing to lose, he could stand with Alberto, still praise him and the job he is doing and come out smelling like a rose. His few followers will believe him and give Alberto the benefit of the doubt, even if there is no doubt at all.
    If anything, the way it all plays out, will be a whole lot of fun.

    Taking One Day at a Time

  9. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    F*ck Yes Senators!!! Gonzales is caught in a red handed lie!!! -F*ck yes, throw the @#!@# in Jail Now.
    What the Hell more do you need, how F*cking obvious does it have to be to frog march that paper hanging SOB into
    Sing Sing