It's easy to get sort of excited about this kind of thing when it happens. As Salon's Glenn Greenwald says in the link
One of two things almost certainly happened here, each of which is of great importance. Either Mukasey is lying about the 9/11 attacks in order to manipulate Americans into believing that FISA's warrant requirements are what prevented discovery of the 9/11 attacks and caused 3,000 American deaths -- a completely disgusting act by the Attorney General which obviously cannot be ignored. Or, Mukasey has just revealed the most damning fact yet about the Bush's administration's ability and failure to have prevented the attacks -- facts that, until now, were apparently concealed from the 9/11 Commission and the public.
Rachel Maddow -- who brings into sharp focus my unfortunate attraction to lesbians -- and Keith Olberman say what you're thinking.
KO: Does it sound like this is simply guilt coming out at this point? That there is at long last some acknowledgment that these people "mailed it in" in the Summer of 2001, ignored the true crisis, and have been inventing fake crises ever since to try to rationalize? "OK, we're going to get the next one."I know this sort of thing is an emotional roller coaster. We seem to have clear evidence that the Bush Administration should easily have been able to stop 9/11, and let it go forward either out of participating in the conspiracy or out of their complete lack of interest in governance. In a few weeks, the Attorney General will refuse to execute a warrant on himself, and that will be that. I really think Congress is going to have to cowboy up and use their constitutional authority to raise an army of their own to get these people out.
RM: And the mentions of it are slipping out in unscripted moments at emotional crisis points for people who joined the administration after all of that, but are now in a position to know what had happened?
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