Sunday, March 05, 2006

I said, in the context of the Bush Administration and torture:
They are working harder at making sure you don't hear about torture than they are working to stop the torture itself.
When a few weeks ago I met Dana Priest, the Washington Post journalist who broke the CIA secret prison story, to give her the first Krugie Award hardware, she told me that - and I'm paraphrasing here, please note - reporting on this administration was getting harder and harder because the White House was coming down hard and viciously on anyone perceived to be suspect on the inside and threatening legal action against anyone perceived to be suspect in the media.

The lead paragraph in a front page story in today's Post:
The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.
Read the whole article. Then consider the news that Bill Frist, being held by the short hairs of his presidential ambitions by the White House, proposes changing the rules of the Senate Intelligence Committee so that instead of being the only truly bipartisan committee in the Senate - the idea being that national security oversight is above partisan politics - becomes instead a regular majority dominant committee that will squelch any investigations into Bush Administration illegalities.

And then consider the man ordering this, who flys in and out of Pakistan in the dark with windows drawn on his airplane so to avoid seeing his protesters. Consider his vice president, who has not been seen or heard from since his forced non-apology for a shooting you'd not have heard about if he'd have found a way to keep it quiet. Consider his key political adviser, whose gameplan is to accuse anyone who dissents of treason.

A coward, a psychopath, and a sociopath: Think of what we know they've done. Think of what they're capable of doing, think of what they've done we don't know about. Think of how far they'll go to keep us from finding out.


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