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  •  how do we analyze (2+ / 0-)
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    kharma, Tortmaster

    what is kept secret.?

    •  I think the first question is ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... what do we agree we should keep secret? I think foreign intelligence programs, for the most part, have got to remain secret. The second and third questions, then, it seems, are who should know and why? The protections of the three branches of Government providing oversight seems like the best ballgame in town to me. As I've written a number of times before, I voted for legislators and a President to handle the secret stuff and didn't vote for some low-level Department of Defense employee who may think, for any number of reasons that he's right and everyone else is wrong, to make those policy decisions. I would appreciate it, though, if that low-level employee used the whistleblower procedures in place if needed!

       

      Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting.

      by Tortmaster on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 10:09:06 AM PDT

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      •  when whistleblowing gets you indicted (3+ / 0-)
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        Tortmaster, Kevskos, Simplify

        ask Tom Drake, Tom Tamm and when
        people who come to you pursuant to
        5 USC 7211 or 10 USC 1034 or
        the anti-gag rule in the defense appropriations act.

        Seriously, when Nancy Roark gets her house searched,
        because she's a senate staffer, can you really think that
        we have a working oversight process to the
        congress?

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