ACLU Petitions CIA for Documents on Juan Cole

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 6:08 pm

In any case, given the way the government responds to FOIAs, we’ll probably learn more about this in 5 years or so.

 

Thomas Drake Proved to Be Bloody Well Right

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 5:45 pm

As you will recall, Tom Drake was belligerently prosecuted by the DOJ on trumped up espionage charges (See: here, here, here and here) and their case fell out from underneath them because they cravenly wanted to hide the facts. As a result, Drake pled guilty to about the piddliest little misdemeanor imaginable, and will be sentenced, undoubtedly, to no incarceration whatsoever, no fine and one year or less of unsupervised probation on July 15, 2011. But the entire Tom Drake matter emanated out of Drake’s attempt to internally, and properly, cooperate with a whistleblowing to the Department of Defense Inspector General.

Why Didn’t We Ask China to Find Scooter Libby’s Missing Plame Leak E-Mails?

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:31 am

I’m most interested in all the assumptions here, that a bunch of Chinese hackers know precisely how the White House email system works. If that’s true, why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over the emails OVP deleted from the first days of the Plame leak investigation? And why haven’t we asked the Chinese to turn over all those emails hidden on the RNC’s server? Maybe they can also help us find all of John Yoo’s torture emails?

Obama Pretends the Bob Woodward Law Doesn’t Exist

By: Saturday April 23, 2011 8:55 am

The way secrecy in this country works is insidious not just because the government prevents citizens from learning the things we as citizens need to know to exercise democracy, but also because the President and other classification authorities can wield secrecy as an instrument of power, choosing to release information they otherwise claim is top secret when it serves their political purpose.

As Expected, DOD Charges al-Nashiri; Will the US Also Charge His Torturer?

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 6:12 pm

Congratulations, DOD, for finally charging one of the alleged worst of the worst. Now when will the government charge those who tortured al-Nashiri?

William Welch and DOJ’s Mojo Is Not Risen

By: Friday April 8, 2011 3:33 pm

Who says fun things don’t come on Fridays? There is some nice little spooky news on the wire this afternoon. Jeffrey Sterling, a former veteran CIA agent on the Iran beat, was charged back in January with leaking classified information to a reporter. the reporter is widely known and accepted to be none other than the New York Time’s James Risen, and the material supposedly was contained in his book State of War. The prosecution, headed by DOJ leak hitman William Welch (disgraced supervisor in the unethical prosecution of Ted Stevens). For some unknown reason, Welch was installed by the Obama/Holder DOJ as head of their unprecedented crackdown on leaks to the media.

Late Night: Bush’s Version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By: Friday November 26, 2010 8:00 pm

A chief executive whose mental gears were engaged might have thought to himself, “Hmm, wait a second. Why would Scooter lie, to the point of obstructing justice, if he wasn’t involved in the leak to Novak?” He might have been even more suspicious when his vice president compared Libby to “a soldier on the battlefield” — implying that Libby’s crimes were committed on behalf of the administration.

Late Night: The Last Temptation of Mike Allen

By: Friday April 23, 2010 8:00 pm

It was only six and a half years ago that Allen became a well-known journalist the old-fashioned way — co-writing a story for the Washington Post that was immediately hailed as “one of the most memorable pieces of White House journalism produced in the Bush era” and was substantially responsible for the conviction of a high-ranking government official on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Most Of The Whores Are Only Taking Calls For Cash*

By: Tuesday February 10, 2009 5:37 am

Absolutely no shame, no remorse, no public pangs of conscience…and none expected: Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, spoke last week at Loyola Marymount University as part of a campuswide 1st Amendment Week. In his remarks, he reiterated his belief that government leaks can cause serious harm, and that newspapers should respect government secrecy….

Robert Novak on (*Cough*) Journalist Shield Law

By: Thursday April 17, 2008 12:00 pm

It’s like Karl Rove suddenly announcing that he’s going to be covering the US Attorney scandal as an objective analyst. Basic journalistic ethics require that if you were smack dab in the middle of something like the CIA leak case — nay, the very cause of its instigation — that you divulge that a columnn making such an observation, and that if you’re of the opinion that Fitzgerald viewed “journalists as adversaries,” you’re taking the opportunity to grind an extremely personal axe.

It’s no surprise that Novak didn’t — he’s not a journalist, he’s a Republican political operative and he’s been writing about things for so long without acknowledging his role in them that it’s probably just reflexive for him. But the fact that the Washington Post would run this, without even a footnote about Novak’s involvement, is egregious even for them.

Time to rouse Deborah Howell from local pie eating coverage: [email protected].

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