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  •  Yeah, Jesselyn knows a little bit about being (32+ / 0-)

    f*cked by our "National Security" apparatus.

    Each of our cases began shortly after 9/11. One of us (Radack) warned the Justice Department against interrogating "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh without an attorney. She later exposed the FBI's ethics violations in deciding to proceed, its barbaric treatment of him, and the mysterious disappearance of evidence of the warning from DOJ files.

    The other (Drake) exposed billions of dollars in waste, mismanagement, and malfeasance at the National Security Agency, epitomized by an expensive surveillance program that was ultimately canceled.

    Neither of us knew we had stumbled on and disrupted the embryonic stages of two of the most controversial policies of George W. Bush's administration: torture and secret surveillance. The government attempted to justify both through a theory of expansive presidential power, enabled by a state-secrets doctrine that was used to evade judicial review.

    1)  She's NEVER hidden her work with Drake.
    2)  Are you not familiar with this situation at all?
    3)  If not, stop commenting and bone up.  
    4)  If yes, what's your murky point?

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it." ~ Hillbilly Dem's Awesome Dad (RIP)

    by JVolvo on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 09:16:50 AM PDT

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    •  there are over a dozen NSA dissidents from... (1+ / 0-)
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      .... the Bush era, who left the agency in disgust over Bush's unprecedented abuses.

      No, I don't keep track of their names and their friends' names.

      Do you?

      •  And don't forget all the 'senior' CIA staff who (0+ / 0-)

        resigned/retired early in Bush/Cheney years, largely over Cheney's increasingly strident demands that they come up with incriminating evidence that Iraq harbored WMDs, had or was building WMD production plants, and was organizing with the terrorists to deliver it against US.  It had to be good enough to fool SoS Powell.  

        Something had soured the US relationship with Saddam, who, like Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, was initially trained and supported by covert CIA operations with arms and logistical support, especially in Iraq/Iran war and had been deemed a good, albeit a strongman, ally for years.

        It may just be a coincidence that the US (& UN) need/demand for Iraq be searched for WMDs and then to undergo regime change (get rid of 'evil' Saddam), in spite of the UN team not finding any WMDs for years, and to rebuild a US-friendly partner Iraqi society became a requirement soon after Iraq's president said they intended to start selling their oil priced in Euros, as well as making trade agreements for oil with India and China, instead of pricing exclusively in US dollars.  Perhaps those PNAC plans to depose Saddam, remake Iraq & the rest of the Middle East. were made actionable priorities in those secret Cheney's Oil CEO summit meetings in Alaska.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 02:24:48 PM PDT

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