WP EDITORIAL: LET THE LEAKS GO!
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Unlike the NYT, the WP allows us to read the drivvel of their editorial pundits. This is, as always, immensely amusing. Several years ago, the pundits were all howling about how Clinton shouldn't lie about private sexual matters. But now that the Bush maladministration is being investigated for conspiring to break federal laws protecting CIA spooks, suddenly, lying is tres haute chic and indeed, patriotic, especially when it destroys our international security. Whoopee.
I will note here that Cohen isn't upset about Israel using AIPAC to spy on the Pentagon....wonder why! From the Washington Post:
Wilson made his case in a New York Times op-ed piece. This rocked the administration, which was already fighting to retain its credibility in the face of mounting and irrefutable evidence that the case it had made for war in Iraq -- weapons of mass destruction, above all -- was a fiction. So it set out to impeach Wilson's credibility, purportedly answering the important question of who had sent him to Africa in the first place: his wife. This was a clear case of nepotism, the leakers just as clearly implied.Only that smear was a false one, as been proven. She suggested her husband after being asked if he would be OK. They didn't intend to send anyone else.
And that pleasure trip to a third world country was for free. And neither person in this drama made anything out of it. So there was no "corruption" on their parts at all.
Not nice, but it was what Washington does day in and day out. (For some historical perspective see George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck'' about Edward R. Murrow and that most odious of leakers-cum-character assassins, Joseph McCarthy.) This is rarely considered a crime. In the Plame case, it might technically be one, but it was not the intent of anyone to out a CIA agent and have her assassinated (which happened once) but to assassinate the character of her husband. This is an entirely different thing. She got hit by a ricochet.So, it is OK to "character assassinate" ambassadors who tell the truth???? Maybe in Cohen/McCarthyville! But not in DC. And ricochet attack? I'm sorry, Mr. Cohen, but alas for idiots like you, Miller and Rove and Scooter all were aiming directly at Valarie Plame. The splattered remains of her head were supposed to harm the ambassador.
Further: conspiracies to break federal laws are illegal. Duh. By definition. If a bunch of operatives in your pay attack someone and then you cover up for them, you go to jail! We just saw the girlfriend of a rapper who shot someone go to the federal pen for two years for lying about him shooting someone. She was merely a witness but she conspired to lie for him!!!!
This is...ILLEGAL. Why does the Washington Post and the now unreadable NYT hire these morons? Why is Miller working for the NYT? Why can't they just funnel BBC information, at least we will get some dim shadow of accuracy in the news!
Now we are told by various journalistic sources that Fitzgerald might not indict anyone for the illegal act he was authorized to investigate, but some other one -- maybe one concerning the disclosure of secret material. Here again, though, this is a daily occurrence in Washington, where most secrets have the shelf life of sashimi. Then, too, other journalists say that Fitzgerald might bring conspiracy charges, an attempt (or so it seems) to bring charges of some sort. This is what special prosecutors do and why they should always be avoided. (The one impaneled in 1995 to investigate then-HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros for lying about how much he was paying his mistress is still in operation, although the mistress most certainly is not.)Ask AIPAC about secrets. They seem to have access to quite a few of them. Hell, our entire government is filled with aliens and people with double passports who work for foreign governments, all put there by Bush and the GOP!
Indeed, this carneval of carnivors is enabled by people like Cohen who deliberately lie or even encourage lawlessness as he har hars off critical crimes. Let's here him talk about letting a GOP plant, Gannon, gallavant around the WH half or totally naked!
Again, har har.
What ails these ancient creatures? Are their lives so thwarted they drive over the speed limit every day and cheat on their taxes?
Which reminds me: From the NYT:
The Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered Senator Bill Frist to provide documents to it as part of its investigation into his sale of stock in his family's hospital company.The Democratic head of the Senate years ago had to resign over much smaller matters. I remember when the Repugs were howling about cheating on paying back postal money which was chump change back then!
People close to the inquiry said Mr. Frist, the Tennessee Republican who is Senate majority leader, was recently served with a commission subpoena for documents, which was believed to be the first such request of him. The sources, who asked to remain unidentified because of the confidential nature of the investigation, would not characterize the substantive nature of the documents being sought.
Well, rule of law...NOT! That is old hat. Put mistresses and right wingloons in the Supreme Court. That will fix everything.
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