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How Dubya got a nasty paper cut

Laws are for little people. This means you  (via The Washington Post):

Former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales told investigators that he could not recall whether he took home notes regarding the government’s most sensitive national security program and that he did not know they contained classified information, despite his own markings that they were “top secret — eyes only,” according to a Justice Department report released yesterday.

Gonzales improperly carried notes about the warrantless wiretapping program in an unlocked briefcase and failed to keep them in a safe at his Northern Virginia home three years ago because he “could not remember the combination,” the department’s inspector general reported.

ZOMG THEY WANT TO KILL US WE HAVE TO KEEP EVERYTHING SECRET DON’T ASK QUESTIONS THEY WANT TO KILL US DON’T ASK QUESTIONS GO BUY SOME MORE DUCT TAPE!!

Or not.

[Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists] added: “At a time when the Justice Department is attempting to prosecute people for mishandling classified information, it is extremely awkward to have the AG accused of something similar.”

Sarcasm. Learn it, love it, live it.

Through his attorneys and advisers, Gonzales characterized the amount of material he possessed as limited and said the lapses were unintentional. He said he had followed policies as he understood them during his time at the White House. “He always placed the notes in the most secure place over which he had immediate personal control,” lawyer George J. Terwilliger III wrote in a memo to Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.

Stings a bit, dont it?

Stings a bit, don't it?

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