White is black and down is up. Leaks that favor the president are shoveled out regardless of national security, while national security is twisted to pummel leaks that do not favor him. Watching their boss, bureaucrats act on their own, freelancing the punishment of whistleblowers, knowing their retaliatory actions will be condoned. The United States rains Hellfire missiles down on its enemies, with the president alone sitting in judgment of who will live and who will die by his hand.
The issue of whether the White House leaked
information to support the president's re-election while crushing whistleblower
leaks it disfavors shouldn't be seen as just another O'Reilly v. Maddow sporting
event. What lies at the nexus of Obama's targeted drone killings, his
self-serving leaks, and his aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers is a
president who believes himself above the law, and seems convinced that he alone
has a preternatural ability to determine right from wrong.
Click here to read the entire AlterNet article by Peter Van Buren.
I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...
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