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Bombs & Leaks

Saturday, Apr. 08, 2006 1:09 AM

Close to a month of sectarian violence in Iraq caps off with a bombing at a major Shiite mosque, and our leaders are still trying to alternately convince themselves that this ain't all that bad, or that the Iraqis just need to sit down and play nice.

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Regarding the arrest of the DHS Deputy Press Secretary on charges of seducing a minor via computer and so on.

It seems the popular soundbite runs along the lines of, "My God, what if it had been an al-Qaeda member masquerading as a teenager?" (The inference being that terrorists would then blackmail said person into revealing all sorts of important secrets.)

I seriously doubt al-Qaeda has anyone posing as a teenager hoping to find a pederast lurking in American government.

And I'm pretty sure a deputy press secretary isn't in a position to affect policy or access confidential information.

We have to get past granting terrorists all sorts of fantastical powers, or we're going to continue making Class-A Stupid decisions in terms of national security.

It's interesting that the White House is not denying that President Bush leaked selected information from a National Intelligence Estimate to bolster the case for going to war in Iraq.

But somehow, that was supposed to be, "in the public interest," and therefore good, whereas leaking information that could compromise our national security is bad.

I think that when the President tramples the Constitution, when the Attorney General will not rule out the use of warrantless domestic wiretaps, that a leak exposing such activities is most definitely in the public interest.

But apparently, this president thinks the law doesn't apply to him.

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