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Well, that settles that then …

Did you know: In 1776, President Washington authorized electronic surveillance on American citizens!

Scrambling, desperate for a defense, Abu Gonzalez invoked the guys on Mount Rushmore to defend Bush's deepening domestic surveillance scandal in yesterday's hearings:

Gonzalez: "President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale."

Wow. He must have had an NSA transmitter in those false teeth.

Crooks and Liars has the clip.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer .