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Secrets, Lies and No Videotape July 12, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Links, Photography, Politics, wildlife, Zoos.
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kookaThis alarming news story will not have any of the  Sarah ‘I Quit’ Palin 24/7 coverage – but it should. Why won’t it get coverage?  It does not involve sex or Appalachian Trail references and it is somewhat old news.  The public will not read about it and chances are that if it ever gets on TV – people will switch channels.  Unlike the Michael Jackson coverage where if you did not want to watch the same news items or file clips about him you really could not switch channels because every channel covered it.

This story involves Dick Cheney, George W Bush, secrets, the CIA (redundant term – see ‘secrets’), oversight, counter-terrorism programs and lies.

So it turns out that the CIA withheld information about a secret counter-terrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney. This not so shocking headline stems from last week’s admission by CIA chief Leon Panetta that he had ended the program on June 23rd when he first learned of it. So what was this very mysterious program?  That is still a secret and the ubiquitous Mr. Cheney has suddenly fallen silent.  Read the entire article from the front page of the New York Times here.

psstThe much maligned Nancy Pelosi has been crying foul for awhile as the rabid right tries to set her on fire. The law requires the president to make sure the intelligence committees “are kept fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States, including any significant anticipated intelligence activity.” But the language of the statute, the amended National Security Act of 1947, leaves some leeway for judgment, saying such briefings should be done “to the extent consistent with due regard for the protection from unauthorized disclosure of classified information relating to sensitive intelligence sources and methods or other exceptionally sensitive matters.”

After 9/11, in efforts to cover their asses the Bushies closed ranks and while a cowering, frightened nation looked for leadership, they took advantage and created secret, apparently useless programs and systematically raped our Constitution.

Will anyone be punished with this latest revelation?  I will eat my hat if that happens.  As I watch the Obama Administration morph into a middle of the road, let’s just wait awhile, make no waves bunch of wimps, my hopes for change grow dimmer with each passing day.

–  The above story is bad enough but this week we also had the revelation that President Bush was the one behind the hospital bed fiasco involving John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and our Constitution.  Watch Keith Olbermann discuss this with Jonathan Turley.  Fascinating stuff.

The Democrats like to disclose crimes but not prosecute them. Shame, shame, shame.
Tongue Lashings for them all.

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