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  •  If Rep. Cantor only contacted Dir. Mueller (16+ / 0-)

    then he was following legal (and morally) proper procedures.

    I'm amazed that he would have such good sense.

    Going to Boehner and the Intelligence Committees ??? That's as bad joke. The brain-dump from that rogue Special Agent in Tampa was done illegally -- no way the alleged info should have been outed.

    Keep in mind that Cantor had no reason to trust what he heard from Rep. Reichert.

    The one thing Cantor could trust was that a Special Agent had gone rogue, committing criminal acts with his communications outside The Bureau. Betcha that was the prime content of his call to Director Mueller.

    •  If Cantor is simply a conduit (9+ / 0-)

      who did the right thing, then he's a better man than I thought.

      It's very possible.  Maybe even probable. And basically, I'm getting tired of new layers to this onion every morning when I wake up, so I hope it's true.

      It's also possible there's more involved.  I still wonder (from Romney and his donor's elegizing of the Iran-Hostage Crisis on the 47% video) if certain Republican strategists felt Obama had a weakness in the foreign policy area and were cooking up something over there to make him look really, really bad...that Romney and/or other R's could turn to make them look heroic.  If not cooking up (that may well be a big stretch or a CT, I admit), then looking really hard for.  

      It's still creepy that Paula Broadwell tells her fellow alums about ostensibly illegal CIA prisons in Libya...a rather loud leak at a time when whatever the right wing wanted to make of Benghazi pre-election clearly wasn't working.

      "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

      by hopesprings on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:47:50 AM PST

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      •  Not "illegal CIA prisons in Libya." (4+ / 0-)
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        Two prisoners from that militia.

        And it's not that CIA actually had the two guys, but more in the line that the militia people thought that CIA had the two guys.

        That's a distinction that gets lost in the television clip of Broadwell relaying the rumor.

        Apparently these militia members gave three or four different reasons for their attack. All things considered, as crazy as things were going in Benghazi, that confusion sounds about right.

        Nobody knew what was going on.

        "Let's take some rocket launchers and kill somebody !!"

        Sounds like Americans in Iraq 2003.

      •  Broadwell gave FoxNoise as her source (6+ / 0-)

        for the prisoners issue.  I saw the vid of her speech and she does credit FN for the info.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:43:12 AM PST

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    •  SOP is to inform the speaker and "gang of 8" (2+ / 0-)
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      I.e. the chairs and ranking members of both houses' intel and justice committees. There's a reason there's a chain of command and it was violated in multiple ways in this scandal.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:07:33 AM PST

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      •  SOP does not apply to criminal acts. (0+ / 0-)

        Rule of Law overrides the quaint internal practices of the Legislative Branch. Those rules do not constitute law.

        When the Special Agent from Tampa contacted Reichert, that was a felony.

        •  What criminal acts? (1+ / 0-)
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          Cheaing on one's wife is not illegal. It's a civil matter. SOP isn't law but it's there to keep individual members from pushing their own agendas in matters way beyond their pay grade.

          "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

          by kovie on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:29:31 AM PST

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          •  The Crime (0+ / 0-)

            Is what may  occur because the wife found out. This is what she gets for putting up with his shit for 38 years. I hope for his sake they don't start printing those emails.

          •  The criminal acts (2+ / 0-)
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            the F.B.I. seems to have been pursuing were:

            1. Harassment, which they had to cook up, because it wasn't harassment of a sort the F.B.I. would get involved in.
            2. Hacking of Gen. Petraeus's email account, which they had to cook up, because that theory of it so obviously didn't fit the facts.

            Atrios expresses it well:

            Kind Of Obvious
            But I haven't seen it said yet. Looks like a corrupt abuse of the surveillance state took down the CIA chief.


          •  The Special Agent calling Reichert (1+ / 0-)
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            was the prime criminal act.

            A felony.

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