Jane Mayer’s book has been grist for the mill when it comes to the question of the real truth behind the Bush administration’s torture policies, but as ThinkProgress reports, the irony is too deep and too good in this Mayer interview with Bill Moyers. In it, Mayer reveals that Justice Department lawyers suspected that the White House was wiretapping them. She says:
There was such an atmosphere of intimidation. … They felt so endangered in some ways that, at one point, two of the top lawyers from the Justice Department developed this system of talking in codes to each other because they thought they might be being wiretapped…by their own government. They felt like they might be kind of weirdly in physical danger. They were actually scared to stand up to Vice President Cheney.
One such attorney, speaking of those in the Bush administration, reportedly told Mayer: “I can’t, I could not believe these lunatics had taken over the country.”