Sound and fury
The New York Times goes overboard in an editorial today. After noting that Attorney General Gonzales told the Senate in 2005 that, "there has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse", the paper notes that he, in fact had been sent by the FBI a report stating that "it had obtained personal information it should not have".
"Mr. Bush's claim of executive privilege is baseless (note that the Times does not accord the man the title of "President Bush"). Executive privilege, which is not mentioned in the Constitution, is a judge-made right of limited scope, intended to create a sphere of privacy around the president so that he can have honest discussions with his advisers.