You are probably correct in that none represented by Mr. Cobb were convicted. I should not have used the term "criminals" when describing them. I apologize.
How about "sleazeballs?"Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.04.2006 @ 09:15
I'd like to think that if the shoe were on the other foot here that I would act the same way but I'm not so sure. So in that respect, you're probably right.
Having said that, if this is more than one woman with a conscience (a possibility that I accept as less than 50-50 at this point) than you would have to agree it is umprecedented.
I have been following politics for more than 30 years and have never seen so many "selective" leaks done with if not the intent, than the effect of hurting a sitting President. And given the fact that many of these leaks were perfectly timed during the 2004 election to do a maximum amount of damage to the Bush candidacy, the idea that they were non-partisan in nature strains credulity.
Yes Republicans leak especially Presidents and their staffs. Leaking, as you know, is an art form in the bureaucracy and is done for a wide variety of reasons including spite, boredom, partisanship, career advancement, and others. But to look at the body of leaks over the past 2 and a half years and say that they are all patriots with a conscience or that partisanship was not involved is just not believable.
That's why this McCarthy case is so important. If, in fact, there is a loose confederation of CIA personnel who took it upon themselves to leak classified information to try and destroy the President, then they must be ferreted out and fired, prosecuted, and jailed. And if, per chance, they coordinated those leaks with outside facilitators like VIPS or even (not likely) former Clinton Administration officials, that would constitute a conspiracy of monstrous proportions and should be rooted out for the sake of the country.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.04.2006 @ 09:05
Newsweek pointed out that any evidence obtained through polygraph can not be admissable in court. DOJ has to start from scratch and try and prove a case without using anything they got from the lie detector.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.04.2006 @ 07:57
I see your point because the WH doesn't need to "ask" anyone - that kind of information is widely available these days as I pointed out.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.04.2006 @ 19:29
Let's take it easy on Mona please. She comments here on occasion and has always been polite and thoughtful. Let's not disparge anybody's motives (unless they're a stark raving moonbat).
That said, Mona brings up some interesting yet fatally flawed points.
On the NSA program, no one knows the details of this program. No one in Congress anyway. I have seen legal analyses arguing both the legality and illegality and frankly, I think it kind of silly to predict what SCOTUS would do if the issue ever came before them. The technical aspects of the program remain hidden which means 1) We don't know for sure whether there was "eavesdropping" i.e. actually having a human being listen in on calls and read emails of more than a handful of people, and 2) how come critics never, ever, ever, mention that ONE SIDE OF THE CONVERSATION TAKES PLACE OVERSEAS? Or that the liklihood of two American citizens having their calls captured in this digital dragnet are as close to zero as you can get?
Critics of the NSA program present a lot of smoke but no fire. And the kicker is of course, that Democratic members of Congress - with half a dozen exceptions - are not calling for an end to the program! So what Mona is saying is that a program that presents a close legal call that even the political opposition is not calling on it being ended should be stopped?
BTW- the Administration has been forced into this "dealmaking" because of an illegal leak of classified information. Some intel type took your attitude Mona. Which is fine for you since you're not in a position to harm national security. But someone committed a crime and will go to jail because in their overarching hubris, they decided that they - unelected as they were - have more moral authority than the President of the United States.
Just thinking about that kind of arrogance takes my breath away.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.04.2006 @ 18:09
Thanks for asking the questions I was going to ask. I have followed the secret prisons story fairly closely. The problem that the MSM and the left has is that there is a POTENTIAL for bad things to happen i.e. torture. It is by no means clear that any torture occurred nor is it a given that this is why the prisoners are being held in foreign countries.
Mona - please supply link of the poor terrorist dying in our custody. Never read it and never heard it. It sounds made up.
Again, no proof that torture has taken place, only the fear that it will. And since the EU hasn't found any reliable evidence either, one would think that Mary McCarthy not only severely damaged our relations with some eastern European countries who now fear that al Qaeda is targeting them, but also did it for no good reason of "conscience" as her defenders are saying.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.04.2006 @ 11:27
Don't know where she grew up but she went to Michigan State undergrad and U of Minnesota post grad.
Also taught at Yale.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.04.2006 @ 08:30
Mr. Baby Brain:
Your comment was deleted because it was off topic. Plesae stick to the topic of the post if you wish to post a comment.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.04.2006 @ 10:46
What part of "pure speculation" don't you understand?
Making idiotic allegations like that, how is it that you graduated from high school?
Oh...you didn't. You're a dumbshit.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.04.2006 @ 17:50
You first comment was deleted for being non germane to the discussion,Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.04.2006 @ 15:53
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