Friday, October 20, 2006

Using Security for Politics Defined

Think Progress has the video of a member of the House Intelligence Committee admitting that he had the security clearance for a Democratic staff member revoked as political retribution. This is just another example of ethics taking a back seat to power in Republican Washington.

The original suspension was announced due to a supposed investigation into whether or not the staffer had leaked the classified NIE estimate on the Iraq war a couple of weeks ago. The Republican Chair, Peter Hoekstra now turns out to have taken the action at the request of Ray Lahood (R. crook) in response to the release of the report that detailed the misdeeds of Randall Cunningham (R. theif) by Rep. Jane Harman (D. trusty).

We have the trustworthiness and honesty of an innocent staffer called into question due to raw political chicanery by the Republicans on this committee. They have absolutely no proof that this staffer is anything but a loyal patriotic hardworking member of society, but they are willing to drag him through the mud out of sheer spite. They know no bounds... honestly.

Here is yet another example of the Republicans playing games with security for their own political purposes. Starting with selective leaking of classified info that backed their side, through the Plame debacle, even to the sacrificing of basic constitutional principles in the pursuit of votes... they only care about one thing. Power. They will sacrifice anything to keep it.

I can't say that I'm surprised, but having held a clearance, I know for a fact that misrepresenting a security situation to DIS is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Maybe we should 'em Club Fed?
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