Monday :: Apr 24, 2006

Bush's Double Standard On Leaks


by Steve

Regardless of whether or not former CIA senior analyst Mary McCarthy leaked classified information to Dana Priest of the Washington Post, the simple facts are that the Bush Administration has a double standard when it comes to leaks. To Bush and Cheney, and their lackeys Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, and Porter Goss, leaks are acceptable as long as they are political tools be use to perpetuate a lie upon the American people, and as long as they can be used against political enemies. But they are not acceptable when they serve to expose government wrongdoing, lawbreaking, and deceit. Or as long as they are done by a GOP senator.

Jane Harman and John Kerry scored points on this yesterday.

"I don't know this woman, and I do not condone leaks of classified information," said Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, referring to the firing of Mary McCarthy.
Harman added that "while leaks are wrong, I think it is totally wrong for our president in secret to selectively declassify certain information and empower people in his White House to leak it to favored reporters so that they can discredit political enemies," she said on Fox News Sunday.
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Kerry, on ABC's "This Week," said, "Classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people." He added, "I'm glad she told the truth," but if McCarthy did it, she will have to face the consequences of breaking the law.
Then drawing a parallel to the Plame case, Kerry said that with McCarthy, "you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no one fired from the White House for revealing a CIA agent in order to support a lie. That underscores what's really wrong in Washington, D.C."

That about sums it up. The Bush Administration has no moral ground to be complaining about leaks, period. But if they insist on using these rules, then Democrats will simply use these rules against Republicans when power changes hands. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, and I don't want to hear any whining from the GOP when the purge begins and damaging information against the GOP or former Bush officials is leaked out into the open.

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