Posted by zeugma on February 12, 2006, at 15:58:43
In reply to Re:leaks and Goss-who are the betrayers?, posted by zeugma on February 12, 2006, at 14:19:13
<<President George W. Bush has condemned the leak as a "shameful act">>
Ok, so President Bush sets himself up here as a patriot defending his program's secrecy and calling its leakage "shameful."
Now I come across this [from TIME Magazine, Feb. 12, 2006]
President Bush may wave away Democratic critics of domestic eavesdropping, but one challenger is proving harder to dismiss: Heather Wilson, a plainspoken Air Force veteran from New Mexico and four-term G.O.P. Congresswoman little known outside of national-security circles. As chair of the House subcommittee that authorizes technical intelligence, she has waged a behind-the-scenes battle for access to information about the controversial surveillance program since word of it leaked in December. She won a significant victory last week. After she called for a full investigation of the spying, the White House ended 54 days of stonewalling and briefed the full House Intelligence Committee.
Two days later, at the House G.O.P. retreat on Maryland's Eastern Shore, after Bush told lawmakers that he had resisted briefing them to keep more program details from getting leaked, Wilson retorted that the original leak appeared to have come from his Administration and that Congress has a right and a duty to exercise oversight. "The men who wrote the Constitution feared most a strong Executive with control of a standing army," Wilson tells TIME. "Our Constitution is set up to protect all of us from tyranny.">>
Fascinating. Rep. Wilson is a Republican and acknowledged expert on national security matters.Now, if Rep. Wilson is correct, is President Bush condemning his own action as "shameful"?