Sunday, April 22, 2007

Things are not always what they seem

By Libby

Lukery at Wot Is It Good4 sees a previously unremarked danger in The White House prosecution of the two members of AIPAC for passing state secrets.
The object of this exercise has been broadly misunderstood by many who have followed it—and particularly by Iraq War critics who delight in a perceived slap-down of AIPAC. But this is tragically short-sighted. If the prosecution succeeds, the Bush Administration will have converted the Espionage Act of 1917 into something it was never intended to be: an American copy of the British Official Secrets Act. It is likely to lead quickly to efforts to criminalize journalists dealing with sensitive information in the national security sector, as well as their sources.

Let's imagine America with the Gonzales-McNulty contortion of the law in effect. We'd never know how the Bush Administration came to embrace torture as a tactic in the war on terror. We'd know nothing about the torture-by-proxy system developed with key administration allies such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen—not to mention the system of “blacksites” established by the CIA in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. We wouldn't know that the administration was violating the FISA statute with a massive surveillance program. And to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, that's just the known unknowns.

This would be a dream world for Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales. And a nightmare for the rest of us. And the AIPAC case could, if it succeeds, bring the nation much closer to its realization.

As the author Lukery cited notes, "It seems clear that Franklin and the two AIPAC employees had a common object, which was to invite critical public attention to U.S. policy towards Iran." Attention that is badly needed to clear away the smokescreen around Bush's propaganda blitz to pave the way to his heart's desire for yet another war.

And speaking of Iran, Cernig has the must read of the day -- an on the ground account of Peter Hitchens recent trip there. As Cernig reminds us Hitchens is no leftie - he is to the Right of his brother Christopher on most social issues so his agenda is not an issue and his observations should not be taken lightly. Hitchens paints a much different picture than one gets from the White House pressers.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

There is some AIPAC meeting here next week. I hope there is a protest of some sort.

That Hitchens article is right on the money, but people don't believe it unless sean hannity and george bush say so. If Bush says iran is a backward burka desert hell hole, that's what it is. no matter what any liberal "experts" say.

12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

wait, I'm not following this guys logic. If he somehow thinks nailing AIPAC would be anyone in the bush administrations dream he is obviously mistaken.

these guys were taking classified info from a guy who is now in jail for 12 years and giving it to newspapers and who knows who else. and they were working for a foreign governmnet at the time. it's not a first amendment issue.

5:05:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lester that's the point. It is a dream for Bush because they would get to rewrite the rules. The precedent they set with this case would make it impossible for whistleblowers to blow the whistle without going to jail. It would negate the protections they now have.

7:35:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

I don't understand. who is the whistleblower? the AIPAC assholes who were stealing our classified info?

12:53:00 PM  

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