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One Dangerous Feller: Senator Wants No Secrets
The New Media Journal ^ | 3-4-06 | Daniel Clark - OP/ED

Posted on 03/05/2006 8:30:12 PM PST by smoothsailing

March,4,2006

One Dangerous Feller: Senator Wants No Secrets

Daniel Clark  

When Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W.Va.) accused President Bush of endangering America by releasing classified information, most conservatives simply laughed him off. That's certainly an understandable reaction, since Rockefeller accusing others of leaking government secrets is a little like his state's other senator, Robert Byrd, telling somebody to get to the point. The tactic behind this absurdity, however, is something that's got to be taken seriously.

In a February 17th letter to Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, Rockefeller wrote, "Given the administration's continuing abuse of intelligence information for political purposes, its criticism of leaks is extraordinarily hypocritical." This is a reference to the speech the president gave, in which he detailed a 2002 al-Qaeda hijacking plot against the Library Tower in Los Angeles. "The president and other senior members must set an example for others to follow," the letter continued.

How convenient, that he should lay all disclosures of classified information at the president's feet. That must mean that Rockefeller, along with fellow Democrat senators Dick Durbin and Ron Wyden, were not responsible for leaking details of a secret CIA satellite program to the Washington Post, which they did in 2004. They outed the program in an effort to kill it, supposedly because it was too expensive. Leave it to a group of Democrat senators to wait until our national security is at stake to have a sudden attack of frugality.

The CIA has prodded the Justice Department to investigate the senators, which must be one of the things that Rockefeller finds hypocritical. Get it? Since the president "leaks" secrets himself, then the executive branch has no right to hold Democrats accountable for warning our enemies about our latest spy technology.

For the senator to characterize the president's revealing a foiled terror plot as a "leak" is nonsensical. Those agencies within the executive branch that designate information as classified are subordinate to the president, who is the Chief Executive, as well as Commander-in-Chief. One Democrat who recognizes this is Rockefeller's colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who explained, "The president is entitled to release whatever he wants to release. He owns the intelligence. The president is the owner of the intelligence and then he makes the decision on what to share."

That said, the president does have a duty not to release any information that could be used against us. That's why he had to go all the way back to 2002 to find an example. There have undoubtedly been plots hatched more recently, but President Bush is not about to discuss details that his advisors tell him might jeopardize ongoing anti-terror efforts.

A legislator, on the other hand, is not the owner of the intelligence, is not at liberty to discuss classified information with the press, and has not had his information vetted by security experts before he discloses it. For Rockefeller to try to shed his own responsibility by charging Bush with hypocrisy suggests delusions of grandeur on the senator's part, in that he imagines his role and that of the president to be equal.

When the National Security Agency's anti-terror surveillance program was leaked to the New York Times, Sen. Rockefeller was predictably furious -- with President Bush. "Our counterterrorism programs are too important to the country to allow them to be undermined by weak legal underpinnings," he complained. He apparently didn't save any outrage for the undermining of our counterterrorism programs by the blatantly illegal spilling of secrets to the Times.

There may be a good reason for that. The American Spectator reports in its "Washington Prowler" section that a federal investigation into the NSA leak is focusing on the staffs of Senators Durbin and Rockefeller. That probe reportedly also encompasses the story, leaked to the Washington Post, of secret overseas prisons, where high-level al-Qaeda figures are believed to be held.

If Rockefeller is directly implicated in these leaks, not only would it be unsurprising, but it would fit into his already established pattern of behavior. This is the same Jay Rockefeller who, last November, told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, "I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9-11."

That was only his opinion, of course, but how must the Baathists in Damascus have taken it, when a member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee went galloping through the desert like the Paul Revere of Arabia, shouting "The Yankees are coming, The Yankees are coming"?

The obvious speculation, then, is that Sen. Rockefeller is lashing out at the president in order to nullify his own misdeeds, by accusing his enemy of a comparable offense. However, there appears to be more to it than that. His accusation that Bush is being hypocritical could be used to justify leaks of vital intelligence in the future, as well as the past.

The argument goes something like this: If President Bush uses classified information for a purpose he thinks is right, like keeping Americans vigilant in the War on Terror, then a "whistleblower" like Rockefeller should also be able to use classified information to do what he thinks is right, like alerting the media to "abuses" of "civil liberties."

What Rockefeller is challenging is the very concept of wartime secrecy. To him, the owner of the intelligence is whomever possesses it, and he demands every scrap he can get his hands on. With people like him in Washington, one of the few secrets left in town is what in the world he's doing on the Intelligence Committee in the first place.

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Daniel Clark is a Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance. The New Media Alliance (www.thenma.org) is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. 


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 109th; cialeak; dickdurbin; espionage; jayrockefeller; leaks; nsaleak; securityrisk; subversives; traitors; treason

1 posted on 03/05/2006 8:30:15 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
There is quite a difference between announcing an event that happened four years ago and announcing a process that is ongoing. Dumb ass. Thank you West Virginia.
2 posted on 03/05/2006 8:34:56 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: smoothsailing

Good post. This must be the guy that has a safe full of letters that he can pull out to back up any position he took or didn't take.


3 posted on 03/05/2006 8:41:11 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

The guilty dog always barks.
Get a rope.


4 posted on 03/05/2006 8:41:27 PM PST by bism
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To: smoothsailing

Patrick Leahy, Jay Rockefeller, the Democrat party has a lot of leakers and skunks who endanger nation security and the prosecution of the Iraq war


5 posted on 03/05/2006 8:45:13 PM PST by dennisw (Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this conman-)
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To: jazusamo
Yep.He's the one.
6 posted on 03/05/2006 8:54:07 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Great article, thanks for posting!


7 posted on 03/05/2006 8:57:18 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bush-Bot;WaterBucket Brigader;and fan of defconw)
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To: dennisw
I"ve got five bucks that says the source for the NYT article on the 'wiretapping' was Rockefeller. Any takers?

L

8 posted on 03/05/2006 8:59:12 PM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is slapping a hippy.)
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To: Lurker


I'm not averse to a wager now and then but I don't throw money away. :)


10 posted on 03/05/2006 9:14:42 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: smoothsailing
Everyone here knows that where they work there are people you can tell something to and they will keep quiet and others who will spread it around the moment they cant see you. What I do is this, if I think someone cant be trusted I'll give them some phony, but totally believable, information. Then I wait to see if it gets out. If it does I got him/her. Why couldn't the Bush Administration do the same thing?
11 posted on 03/05/2006 9:15:56 PM PST by skimask (Ezekiel: 25/17)
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To: skimask
I think in the psyops business that's called a honeytrap.

And when you think about it, who's to say that the administration hasn't already done that?

12 posted on 03/05/2006 9:24:07 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: dennisw
The Rats are dead, especially after the useful idiots in the Republican party stop and think about their position opposing Bush on the ports.
13 posted on 03/05/2006 9:28:23 PM PST by bybybill (If the Rats win, we are doomed)
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To: smoothsailing

That would be so sssssweeeet! If they nail the sob to the wall, that is.


14 posted on 03/05/2006 9:30:35 PM PST by Just Lori (To everything, there is a season.........Ecclesiastes, 3:1-8)
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To: skimask
... if I think someone cant be trusted I'll give them some phony, but totally believable, information. Then I wait to see if it gets out. If it does I got him/her. Why couldn't the Bush Administration do the same thing?

At some level, they do. But not by giving phony information, that would compromise "trust" in the wrong direction, where the administration itself would be (correctly) seen as a liar. The solution for the administration is to give up information that is TRUE, gambling that it will or will not be leaked.

15 posted on 03/05/2006 9:34:31 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: smoothsailing
It is long past time, to put this Rockefeller on trial for being a traitor!

Try him, convict him, and give him what the Rosenbergs got!

16 posted on 03/05/2006 9:38:06 PM PST by nopardons
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To: gov_bean_ counter

It would be interesting (if a FReeper were so inclined) to compile a list of each state's worst 'fault'. And then vote on which one is the worst. Kinda like Letterman's Top Ten List LOL I hate Letterman.

Mass-Kerry or Kennedy. Won't work, got a problem with a tie right from the gitgo.

PA-Murtha or.........


17 posted on 03/05/2006 9:39:06 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine FRiend, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: bism
The guilty dog always barks. Get a rope.

Ditto.

18 posted on 03/05/2006 9:40:26 PM PST by Once-Ler (The rat 06 election platform will be a promise to impeach the President if they win.)
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To: smoothsailing

bump


19 posted on 03/05/2006 9:42:06 PM PST by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: freema

Boxer a top 10 for sure


20 posted on 03/05/2006 9:44:46 PM PST by skimask (Ezekiel: 25/17)
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To: smoothsailing
Rockfeller has a Utopian disease he inherited from daddy. Sorry Jay, but only Jesus Christ has the Divine right, power, and authority, to rule the world in love, joy, and peace forever. All of man's fallen attempts to build a modern tower of Babel will collapse into a pile of hopeless despair and tyranny.
21 posted on 03/05/2006 9:47:17 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (My Homeland Security: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper)
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To: nopardons
A good old fashioned necktie party.
22 posted on 03/05/2006 10:00:50 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: nopardons
It is long past time, to put this Rockefeller on trial for being a traitor!
Try him, convict him, and give him what the Rosenbergs got!

The treason trial of Aaron Burr.

23 posted on 03/05/2006 10:05:36 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: smoothsailing

Oh yes...why waste perfectly good bullets on that slime?


24 posted on 03/05/2006 10:12:17 PM PST by nopardons
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To: smoothsailing

Columbian necktie?...8-D


25 posted on 03/05/2006 10:13:21 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Cboldt

Thanks for the link! I just glanced at it, but it looks very good, so I'm going back to read it! :-)


26 posted on 03/05/2006 10:14:47 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons

27 posted on 03/05/2006 10:21:16 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Lancer_N3502A
You got me there,Lancer.Is that the burning tire necktie? What's 8-D?
28 posted on 03/05/2006 10:23:39 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!

I'll bring the rope. :-)

29 posted on 03/05/2006 10:26:37 PM PST by nopardons
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To: smoothsailing

You've never heard of a Columbian necktie? 8-D is 8-) with teeth.


30 posted on 03/05/2006 10:26:50 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: smoothsailing

"8-D" is just another way of making a smiley icon.

;) know what I mean? [wink wink nudge nudge] ;)

I believe what Lancer was referring to is also known as "death by thermally-enhanced G78-14".


31 posted on 03/05/2006 10:28:00 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Lancer_N3502A; mkjessup
HA! OK, now I get it!

Sheesh,sometimes I can really be slow! :-)

32 posted on 03/05/2006 10:33:03 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: mkjessup

"death by thermally-enhanced G78-14"

Eh?


33 posted on 03/05/2006 10:35:45 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: nopardons
And you're right about wasting perfectly good bullets.

A rope is re-usable and it takes a long time to wear one out! ;)

34 posted on 03/05/2006 10:35:51 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Lancer_N3502A

Sorry, I'm displaying my non-metric memory for tire sizes.


35 posted on 03/05/2006 10:38:55 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: smoothsailing

Not to mention that hanging is slower and more painful! :^)


36 posted on 03/05/2006 10:39:54 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Lancer_N3502A
I looked it up.Now I remember.All you need is a sharp blade.
37 posted on 03/05/2006 10:40:54 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Personally I think hangin' to good for traitors, but actually it's tradition.
38 posted on 03/05/2006 10:44:47 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Lancer_N3502A
I agree, it is to good for 'em, but it's better than lockin' 'em up for life while we taxpayers get stuck with takin' care of 'em. 8-D
39 posted on 03/05/2006 11:04:12 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Hangin', firing squad, the Rosenberg's got it in New York's "ol' Sparky".
40 posted on 03/05/2006 11:05:39 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Lancer_N3502A
They'll all do,but the thing about hanging is that it's economical,plus you can re-use the rope.
41 posted on 03/05/2006 11:11:05 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

bttt


42 posted on 03/05/2006 11:23:14 PM PST by Christian4Bush (I'd much rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy.)
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To: smoothsailing

Rocky is doing this as a preemption folks. He leaked classified information to the New York Times. Now he is launching a campaign that makes keeping defense secrets bad - not exposing defense secrets.

The New York Times - the receiver of Rockefeller's leak - is trying to do the same thing from another angle. They are shopping for a liberal judge to order the administration to turn over top secret information to the Newspaper so the Times can make it appear that "everybody does it - even judges!"; "it's no big deal."


43 posted on 03/06/2006 5:15:37 AM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Lurker; bybybill
I"ve got five bucks that says the source for the NYT article on the 'wiretapping' was Rockefeller. Any takers?

I would give Rockefeller his staff 70% odds of being the leakers but we have so many other Democrat traitors that it's not a lock by any means. By Democrat traitors think of their Senate staffers who trade in rumors and access to compromised computers. Senators won't get their hands dirty, won't do the dirty deed directly. Their staffers will because the Senator verbally requests them to (nothing written down of course) or the Senate staffer does it under his own initiative to give everyone plausible deniability. He's a righteous crusader type.
44 posted on 03/06/2006 5:38:15 AM PST by dennisw (Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this conman-)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

"Rockfeller has a Utopian disease he inherited from daddy. Sorry Jay, but only Jesus Christ has the Divine right, power, and authority, to rule the world in love, joy, and peace forever. All of man's fallen attempts to build a modern tower of Babel will collapse into a pile of hopeless despair and tyranny."

Given that Rockefeller was quite happy to use Federal funding to support his lower New York City urban renewal program (that's where the WTC was located) rather than fund it himself, your Tower of Babel analogy is spot on.

No Babeler like a Liberal Republican babbler like "Rocky".


45 posted on 03/06/2006 9:11:59 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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