The Washington Post reports today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez assured Congress in 2005 that broad new powers, including use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs), had not been used to violate anyone's civil liberties. However, a Freedom of Information Act request has reportedly turned up the fact that Gonzalez received at least a half dozen reports of such violations in the three months before his April 2005 Congressional testimony.
This year, Gonzalez "reacted with surprise when the Justice Department inspector general reported this March that there were pervasive problems with the FBI's handling of NSLs...."
Surprise, surprise. It's as if we shouldn't wonder whether some of what Attorney General Gonzalez tells us might not be true, but whether any of it is.
The Post also published a handy and well-documented timeline of what Gonzalez did and received, and when.
As Caroline Frederickson, Director of the ACLU's Washington Legislative Office says, "It's time for consequences."