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  •  some folks might be a tad bothered by such brazen (12+ / 0-)


    Using the criminal justice system to target whistleblowers is damaging enough, but doing so while simultaneously "leaking" classified information that provides a political benefit is brazen hypocrisy.

    Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

    by allenjo on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 07:12:33 AM PDT

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    •  This is what I think is brazen hypocrisy.... (0+ / 1-)
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      It's interesting that the argument previously espoused by many of you folk here was one of deep disagreement with what the administration termed "leaker" versus what many here termed "whistleblower" or an individual who is the disseminator of classified information for the benefit of the public's right to know or the public good....

      I can assure you that the individual you have cited  as some type of champion against the abuses of governmental power, John McCain, and Diane Feinstein who you have cited in this thread, would disagree with your assessment of who is a "whistleblower" and who is a "leaker", and would more than enthusiastically prosecute many of the same people you attack the administration for prosecuting. But that is not important here....

      What is important is that they are now attacking President Obama, and for that you would gladly embrace these political hawks who would speak gleefully of bombing countries like Iran and starting a Middle East war....  A case of the old truism...."The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

      Brazen hypocrisy you say?

      •  Let's just stay on the issue of the diary. (3+ / 0-)
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        I do agree with the below.....

        Beyond the expression of outrage, Sen. McCain’s statement had a number of other interesting features.
        He noted the “unacceptable” incongruity of prosecuting lower-level personnel such as Bradley Manning, Jeffrey Sterling or John Kiriakou for allegedly leaking classified information while holding senior officials blameless for what appear to be comparable offenses.

        “The fact that this administration would aggressively pursue leaks perpetrated by a 22-year-old Army private in the Wikileaks matter and former CIA employees in other leaks cases but apparently sanction leaks made by senior administration officials for political purposes is simply unacceptable,”
        Sen. McCain said.

        Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

        by allenjo on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 09:00:32 AM PDT

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        •  The issue of the diary is faulty, in my humble (0+ / 0-)

          opinion, and the issue of someone leaking to the press that the Obama administration is doing this or the other thing is not the same as some of these individuals you claim to be "whistleblowers" who are selling or leaking tons of classified documents to third parties.... Once again, John McCain is not a source I hold highly.

          Remember your gleeful citing of John McCain when you accuse President Obama of wanting to fight wars....  

      •  Truth is not a partisan issue n/t (4+ / 0-)

        My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

        by Jesselyn Radack on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 09:37:57 AM PDT

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      •  This kind of personal politics bullshit has no... (0+ / 0-)

        place on this site. Jesselyn is a real patriot and you better check what the hell you're saying before you start spouting off about shit you don't know.

        Jesselyn has been the paragon of consistency from the last administration to this one. The problems she cares about are exactly those she so vigorously fought for during the last administration, when she helped expose DOJ lies, war contractor fraud, and now abuse of the espionage act.

        HR'd because you simply cannot so viciously harass people for caring when it becomes politically inconvenient. This nonsense has to end somewhere.

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