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View Diary: Chris Christie: It wasn't me! Plus, I'm outraged! (248 comments)

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  •  Ummm dude. (15+ / 0-)

    I kinda think you're lying.  

    Hey Christie:  Plausible deniability don't really work after the fact.

    •  Wikipedia has a big page on plausible deniability (5+ / 0-)

      Kinda funny, actually, for its serious demeanor. From that page:

      The doctrine has six major flaws:

      • It was an open door to the abuse of authority; it required that the parties in question could be said to have acted independently, which in the end was tantamount to giving them license to act independently.
      • It rarely worked when invoked; the denials made were rarely plausible and were generally seen through by both the media and the populace. One aspect of the Watergate crisis is the repeated failure of the doctrine of plausible deniability, which the administration repeatedly attempted to use to stop the scandal affecting President Richard Nixon and his aides.
      • "Plausible denial" only increases the risk of misunderstanding between senior officials and their employees.
      • It only shifts blame, and generally, constructs rather little.
      • If the claim fails, it seriously discredits the political figure invoking it as a defense.
      • If it succeeds, it creates the impression that the government is not in control of the state.

      "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

      by Crider on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 01:58:04 PM PST

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