Bush tells AT&T- It’s Okay to Lie
On May 5, 2006, President Bush issued a Memorandum to the Director of Intelligence, John Negroponte, stating that he can authorize phone companies to lie to the public, their stockholders, and the SEC. Phone companies that handed over millions of phone records of Americans are now authorized to violate SEC security laws. So when AT&T, Verizon, and Bell South proclaim their innocence, remember, Bush said they can lie without penalty, so why should you believe them?
It is natural that he would grant others the right to lie: he has lied often and never paid the price, so he is only granting his corporate friends the same privilege. When Bush arrives at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter asks him to justify his moral lapses, it would be interesting to see if “national security” is an acceptable excuse.