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Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 06, 2006 10:42PM
I just learned that Gonzo's testimony today was given on the honor system:

[movies.crooksandliars.com]

Guess it just wouldn't be right to ask the Attorney General or Oil executives swear on the bible.
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 06, 2006 10:58PM
How can you tell when a member of this administration is lying?

Their lips are moving.



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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 01:27AM
If legislators demanded others tell the truth they might be expected to as well, and then they'd all be impeached.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/07/2006 01:36AM by Refurbvirgin.
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: incognegro
Date: February 07, 2006 08:28AM
you know a politician is lying when their lips are moving.

that means all of them; this is a non-partisan opinion.



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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: February 07, 2006 09:51AM
They are simply trying to spare us the tedium of having some pesky perjury charges crop up further down the road.
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 10:25AM
Truth is so boring. Our representatives would never have voted to give Bush war powers if they'd been told the truth and then we'd be stuck with a boring chase after a few rag-tag bands of Al Qaeda guerillas in the mountains of Afghanistan instead of in the midst of a civil war between 25 million Iraqis, joined by increasing numbers of the world's largest religion, outraged by our actions illegally invading and occupying a nation which had no connection to 9/11 or Al Qaeda, or even the vaunted "WMD" we were told were an imminent threat to our nation.

America is addicted to drama through our television & movie culture, and the simple truth was just too boring. It needed to be hyped to get our attention and so, though foreign intelligence warned us Al Qaeda was planning to hijack airplanes, and that plots existed to fly them into buildings, we did nothing, because we needed a monumental atrocity, "another Pearl Harbor" (in Cheney's PNAC's own words) to get the people behind the generational war they knew would be necessary to remake the world in corporate America's best interest. It worked. And we aren't bored anymore. Mission accomplished.
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 07, 2006 11:54AM
Do you really want to know why there's no meaningful opposition to what the administration is doing? Because most normal americans quite rightly so are turned off by the interminable drumbeat of insane conspiracy theories offered up by nuts like you.



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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Pops
Date: February 07, 2006 11:55AM
incognegro Wrote:
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> you know a politician is lying when their lips are moving.

And if their lips aren't moving, listen for breathing or a heartbeat.

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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 07, 2006 09:33PM
They learned from the Bill Clinton affair...even an irrelevant lie can bite you in the ass if you say it after getting sworn in.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 07, 2006 09:34PM
They want to give the witnesses the opportunity to lie without endangering their careers. They learned from the Bill Clinton affair...even an irrelevant lie can bite you in the ass if you say it after getting sworn in.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Why won't Senate committees swear in Republican witnesses?
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 10:05PM
davester Wrote:
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> They learned from the Bill Clinton affair...even
> an irrelevant lie can bite you in the ass if you
> say it after getting sworn in.

What could Gonzales possibly say about warrantless spying on Americans. in defiance of the law, that could be irrelevant?


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