When your name is called go over there… take this over to that table…


One conservative blogger has called Mary McCarthy a "Democratic mole", while another supposedly conservative intellectual asks, "Why Isn't She in Cuffs?". By all means let the prosecution and Senate hearings begin. Who knew what and when did they know it. I would challenge the conservative blogs, pundits and their supporters to at least once a week to e-mail and fax their representatives to begin an investigation into the all leaks and leakers. As someone once said "Bring it on." On the other hand, one caution, be careful what you wish for. The jails might not be big enough to hold all the "Democratic mole(s)". One can imagine the polygraph wires attached to everyone one that has blimped on the patriotically correct radar, the oaths taken to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, "Are you now or have you ever been a Democrat", "Have you ever contributed to a Democratic campaign", " Have you ever offered ad and comfort to a Democrat ".

As Josh Marshall, David, Corn, Kevin Drum and others have noted this paragraph from the WaPo report, CIA Officer's Job Made Any Leaks More Delicate

The White House also has recently barraged the agency with questions about the political affiliations of some of its senior intelligence officers, according to intelligence officials.No decision has been announced on whether McCarthy might face further repercussions, such as a criminal prosecution. That decision would be made by the Justice Department, and would force a trial that several former intelligence officials said could wind up airing sensitive information as well as policy dissents.

Time is a little short today, but I felt compelled to just recite from recent memory those leaks from conservatives that with all too boring predictibilty conservatives ignored or rationalized in their usual clumsy fashion, like Richard Shelby, Orrin Hatch, and Larry Franklin. Thankfully Unclaimed Territory has done a very good round up of conservative leakage. Treason by association

There are good bloggers at there fighting the good fight for American values fighting the constant barrage of imitation patriots with imitation values. Not all the media, but much of the media is being remiss if not negligent by not giving citizen journalists their due when it comes to putting the pieces together in a way that people will not see on the morning and evening broadcasts where most people still get there news.
Well timed article from Colin Powell's former chief of staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Is U.S. being transformed into a radical republic?

In January 2001, with the inauguration of George W. Bush as president, America set on a path to cease being good; America became a revolutionary nation, a radical republic. If our country continues on this path, it will cease to be great – as happened to all great powers before it, without exception.

From the Kyoto accords to the International Criminal Court, from torture and cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners to rendition of innocent civilians, from illegal domestic surveillance to lies about leaking, from energy ineptitude to denial of global warming, from cherry-picking intelligence to appointing a martinet and a tyrant to run the Defense Department, the Bush administration, in the name of fighting terrorism, has put America on the radical path to ruin.

Unprecedented interpretations of the Constitution that holds the president as commander in chief to be all-powerful and without checks and balances marks the hubris and unparalleled radicalism of this administration.

Moreover, fiscal profligacy of an order never seen before has brought America trade deficits that boggle the mind and a federal deficit that, when stripped of the gimmickry used to make it appear more tolerable, will leave every child and grandchild in this nation a debt that will weigh upon their generations like a ball and chain around every neck. Imagine owing $150,000 from the cradle. That is radical irresponsibility.

They are as hard to find as a ivory billed wood-pecker, but there are a few conservatives out there that see what a disasterous hard right turn Republicans have taken.

CIA Official Reveals Bush, Cheney, Rice Were Personally Told Iraq Had No WMD in Fall 2002

DRUMHELLER: The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy.

Reporting on FEC settlement, NY Times, AP failed to note that most of Freddie Mac's illegal fundraising events benefited Republicans

Summary: An April 19 New York Times article and an April 19 Associated Press article noted that the federally chartered home mortgage company known as Freddie Mac had agreed to pay a record $3.8 million to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to settle allegations that it violated federal election law by using company resources to host fundraisers for members of Congress, illegally funneling employee contributions to federal candidates, and making an illegal $150,000 contribution to the Republican Governors Association. But the articles did not disclose that the vast majority of the the illegal fundraisers hosted by Freddie Mac benefited Republican lawmakers.

As long as conservatives embrace greed and the inability to see clearly what is best for the American people and not just the elite, the money is sure to follow.

update: Just ran across this article, what is it with conservatives and death threats, Punishing Whistleblowers 

Jason Vest has a profile in Government Executive about Torin Nelson, a military interrogator who was one of the whistleblowers alerting officials to the abuses at Abu Ghraib. And where is he now? Struggling to find contract work with the military. "They're saying there's no blacklisting policy, but there's clearly a blacklist." It sure seems that way. Here's what someone who does the right thing can look forward to these days:

    All Nelson did was pass on what little he had heard and had been able to document. And as far as he was concerned, he'd already paid a fair price for doing the right thing. It was bad enough that word of his meeting with investigators leaked almost immediately at Abu Ghraib. The ostracization that followed was far from pleasant. Worse were the thinly veiled death threats that convinced even as formidable a man as Nelson that he had no choice but to flee not just Abu Ghraib, but Iraq.

Sorry about the all politics the last couple of days, I'll try to get back to a little more variety as news permits.

TRAIN WHEELS grinding against track, slowing. FOLDING TABLE
LEGS scissoring open. The LEVER of a train door being pulled.
NAMES on lists on clipboards held by clerks moving alongside
the tracks.

…Rossen… Lieberman… Wachsberg…

BEWILDERED RURAL FACES coming down off the passenger train.

FORMS being set out on the folding tables. HANDS straightening
pens and pencils and ink pads and stamps.

…When your name is called go over
there… take this over to that

TYPEWRITER KEYS rapping a name onto a list. A FACE. KEYS
typing another name. Another FACE.

…you’re in the wrong line, wait
over there… you, come over here…

A MAN is taken from one long line and led to the back of
another. A HAND hammers a rubber stamp at a form.

from the screenplay "SCHINDLER'S LIST" By Steven Zaillian