“I’m not at liberty to answer that question”
Like many I wish our politicians could just get along and when they fly off the handle I too often times just shrug and wish I could vote them out... last night though I heard something that got my blood boiling and that couldn't be ignored.
Last night when driving home I heard a clip from C-SPAN from that day when Congressman Bill Delahunt (D-MA) was asking questions of David Addington (chief of staff to the Vice-President) about "enhanced interrogation techniques" and waterboarding, Mr Addington declined to answer some questions in part out of concern that Al-Qaeda may be watching C-SPAN and that his answers could give away too much.
A legitimate concern? Maybe, maybe not. We can at least call it a consistent one from the administration.
The response from Congressman Delahunt however was completely unacceptable when he said in part:
I'm sure they are watching and I'm glad that they finally have the chance to see you Mr. Addington
See the following YouTube video for the longer exchange leading up to this:
At first glance... the Congressman seemed hopeful that Al-Qaeda may just be watching, seeing the face of Mr. Addington and would soon strike against an aid to . Even then… I couldn't quite believe it so I called Congressman Delahunt's Washington office to ask and found the voice mail box was full... so I called back this morning, the conversation went something like this:
|Office||Congressman Delahunt's office|
|Me||Hello, I was curious if you could tell me what Congressman Delahunt meant yesterday when he said " I’m glad that they finally have a chance to see you Mr Addington" with regards to Al-Quada and the vice-presidents former chief of staff.|
|Office||What state are you calling from?|
|Office||I'm sorry but since you aren't…|
|Me||Ma'am I am a US citizen who has serious questions and concerns about the comments of the Congressman who represents far more than the people of Massachusetts 10th district.|
|Office||Do you have a comment you'd like to leave?|
|Me||No… just a question... was the congressman actually calling for the death of a private citizen?|
|<5 second pause>|
|Office||I'm not at liberty to answer that question, is there anything else?|
|Me||Thank you, that actually answers my question perfectly.|
If there is another reason... I'd love to hear it… unfortunately those other options I can think of are quite laughable.
Have a moment? Feel free to call Congressman Delahunt’s Washington office at 202-225-3111 and ask exactly what he meant.
If you do call… please remember to be respectful.