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  •  Don't forget Scott Ritter, former weapons inspecto (16+ / 0-)

    He comes out in January and February of 2002 saying that there are no WMDs in Iraq and that the UN evidence was fabricated bullshit.  And then it comes out he had a statutory rape charge and had to spend his time on CSPAN defending himself from that instead of talking about WMDs

    And let's not forget how quickly after his arrest it was leaked that Bradley Manning was a cross-dresser or wannabe transsexual.  I don't know if any of that is true, but it should have had nothing to do with the wikileaks scandal.  

    Or how the FBI tried to blackmail Martin Luther King Jr with evidence of his infidelities.

    See, when they want to get you, they get personal.  It changes the topic, and the media play along because it's more lurid than the truth.

    •  All sorts of charges of sexual deviance have long (10+ / 0-)

      been part of the propagandists' toolkit.  Always attack the messenger hard and long if you cannot dispute the claims or information.

      The US government said similar things against Manuel Noriega once he went from George H. W. Bush's henchman (when Bush I headed the CIA) to villian (when Bush I needed a cute little war).

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:26:28 PM PDT

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    •  This is why Conservatives hate "privacy" and... (1+ / 0-)
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      tend to prefer "secrecy" instead. For them it's all fronting and being affronted, that is to say, it's all fun and games until you get caught, whereas the more liberal preference for "privacy" takes the fun out of it and responds to any personal or impertinent question with a figurative "F%^& You, that's none of your F%^&ing business! Not everyone believes the same way you believe, you selfish, arrogant F%^&!"

      -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

      by JPax on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 12:21:58 PM PDT

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      •  Honestly, I don't see a Republican/Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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        divide on this.  Chris Hayes just now ran a segment about this on his show demonstrating how many Republicans oppose the NSA domestic spying programs (like, Louis Gohmert) and how many Democrats support it (like Al Franken).  

        In this case, unfortunately, I find myself siding with Louis Gohmert.  This isn't a partisan issue.  If Democrats are afraid of what the next Republican president might do, and was afraid of what Bush might do with these powers, Republicans are perfectly sane and reasonable in being afraid of what this Democratic president could do with these powers.

        •  Not a D/R split but more at a L/C split. (0+ / 0-)

          Libertarians, who can't figure out how to have their own party and try to be republicans forget (and then remember) that they are liberal on some issues. Both Republican and Democratic philosophies tend to get authoritarian at the extremities.

          -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

          by JPax on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 10:38:23 PM PDT

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