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Mar6-06, 05:00 PM
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The post is sufficiently on-topic, in my opinion. We both see a pattern of behavior that is disturbing. This administration does not give away real information willingly - they leak it to their pet reporters with the proper "spin" already in place. Everything potentially embarrasing is classified, not for purposes of national security, but to protect it from unapproved leaking. Bush et al want the head of whoever leaked the existence of the ongoing TIA program that Congress ordered to be cancelled. I wish they were even a fraction that determined to identify who outed Valerie Plame. That was a classic Nixonian dirty trick, and Cheney is trying to give himself a "Get out of Jail Free" card by proclaiming that he has the authority to declassify classified information, in case Scooter Libby rats him out. There is the little difficulty that Plame's identity as an undercover agent remained classified, and the covers that she used (putative employer, job function, etc) may have been also used by multiple agents who could also have been put in jeopardy. We may never know the extent of the damage that leak did.