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  •  that's not what this diary is discussing, though (5+ / 0-)

    and this is just not true:

    present or former employee of our nation's 17 intelligence agencies having any communication with ANY members of the press about ANY topic.
    they are supposed to get permission first, but that memo does not bar speaking to the press outright.  unplanned interactions with the press need to be reported.

    nor does it apply to intelligence contractors.

    anyhoo, there's a lot to dislike about that memo, but conflating it with this one does no one any service.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Fri May 09, 2014 at 06:57:38 AM PDT

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    •  In a free and open government, hardly a consoling (18+ / 0-)

      thought, is it?

      unplanned interactions with the press need to be reported.
      Just typing that makes me cringe!

      _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

      by allenjo on Fri May 09, 2014 at 07:13:20 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah. We're just trying to control the message (9+ / 0-)

        So that order is maintained and the people don't get the wrong idea. There's a right way and a wrong way to say things. Where have I heard this before? Oh, yeah, Babylon 5:

        JULIE MUSANTE
        Anyway, enough politics.  How are things here on the station?

        SHERIDAN
        Fine.  Status quo.  We've had a few problems with the lurkers, but nothing --

        JULIE MUSANTE
        Lurkers?

        SHERIDAN
        Our version of the homeless.  In some ways we have the same problems Earth does.

        JULIE MUSANTE
        (mouth full)
        Earth doesn't have homeless.

        SHERIDAN
        Excuse me?

        JULIE MUSANTE
        We don't have the problem.  Sure, there are a few... displaced people here and there, but they've chosen to be in that position.  They're lazy, or criminal, or mentally unstable --

        SHERIDAN
        They can't get a job.

        JULIE MUSANTE
        Earthgov has promised a job for anyone who wants one.  If someone doesn't have a job, it must be because they don't want one.  Quid pro quo.

        She says it with the air of a true believer, as though dropping some totally accepted fact.  Sheridan is boggled.

        SHERIDAN
        And poverty?

        JULIE MUSANTE
        The same.

        SHERIDAN
        Crime?

        JULIE MUSANTE
        There's some, but it's all caused by the mentally unstable.  We've just instituted correctional centers to filter them out at an early age.

        SHERIDAN
        Prejudice?

        JULIE MUSANTE
        We're just one happy planet.  Well, except for the Marsies, but that won't change until they stop fighting Earth rule.

        SHERIDAN
        And when, exactly, did all this happen?

        JULIE MUSANTE
        When we rewrote the dictionary.
        Captain, you're a good man.  A fine soldier.  A leader.  You understand that before you can deal with a problem sometimes you have to...redefine it.

        SHERIDAN
        You don't deal with problems by pretending they don't exist.

        JULIE MUSANTE
        Why embarrass our leaders by pointing out flaws in society that they're aware of and dealing with in their own time, in their own way?  Some people enjoy finding fault with our leaders: they're anarchists, trouble makers, or simply unpatriotic.  None of which describes you.  Do you want people thinking otherwise, Captain?

        She puts her hand on his, trying too obviously to be casual.

        JULIE MUSANTE
        These are the areas I want to help you with, Captain.  I want to feel that I'm needed, playing my part in bringing Earthgov back into the hands of the decent, hard-working people who created it.  I'm here to protect you.  I admire your honesty, your record, your attitude.  And I don't want to ever see that used against you.  Quite frankly, I think I could come to like you quite a bit.

        If there is any good in life, in history, in my own past, I invoke it now. I invoke it with all the passion with which I have lived. --Elizabeth Kostova,

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 09, 2014 at 07:46:21 AM PDT

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      •  That has always been the case for (1+ / 0-)
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        freakofsociety

        employees of intelligence agencies.

        The Bash Obama crowd doesn't understand how things like this work.

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