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  •  Reporting today by (17+ / 0-)

    McClatchy shines a light directly on the White House.

    First three graphs...

    WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.

    In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.

    The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons.

    It's damned disheartening we may be heading down the "executive privilege" road. Been there, done that, decades ago.

    What seemingly few of my Democratic brethren understand is that a dollar bill can't literally walk into the voting booth and pull the lever. Your only tool for exacting accountability is the casting, or withholding, of your vote. Don't be an enabler.

    by WisePiper on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:47:39 PM PDT

    •  And, lest any of our intrepid readers here (10+ / 0-)

      claim executive privilege won't be invoked, since it hasn't yet been invoked, the McClatchy article goes on to say...

      In a statement to McClatchy, the White House confirmed that “a small percentage” of the 6.2 million pages of documents provided to the committee were “set aside because they raise executive branch confidentiality interests.”

      What seemingly few of my Democratic brethren understand is that a dollar bill can't literally walk into the voting booth and pull the lever. Your only tool for exacting accountability is the casting, or withholding, of your vote. Don't be an enabler.

      by WisePiper on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:24:25 PM PDT

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