I assume you saw the following video, but I'll put it up again. Did you know he wasn't the only one tossed on his ass? The very kind and extremely gentlemanly (and white, and former CIA) Mr. McGovern also got kicked to the curb. His crime? Saying outloud, as Petraeus' mic was being clipped on, "Swear him in." Pathetic cowards, our Rulers in DC. Afraid of an old man and a preacher. Just sad. Go to a protest and find out for yourself. I'd say "break a leg," but that would be in really bad taste*:
Coincidence? You be the judge. What's clear is that, as is typical of Bush's operations, the program was run without regard to the law. The Christian Science Monitor:
The $42 million cutting-edge [ADVISE] system, designed to process trillions of pieces of data, has been halted and could be canceled pending data-privacy reviews, according to a newly released report to Congress by the DHS's own internal watchdog.
A little more vintage 2006 Newsweek. Plowing through their article on the bureaucratic infighting surrounding the regime's various enabling laws on torture and warrantless surveillance, this sentence jumped out, though unsourced: Read below the fold...