Friday, December 30, 2005

Well, isn't that just great!

So the DoJ is investigating who the whisteblower "leaker" was in revealing Bush’s illegal actions.

Odd…

I thought there were laws that protected whistleblowers--people who tell on officials that broke the law.

Bush broke the law (both FISA and more importantly the 4th Amendment) and instead of punishing him we are going to punish the person who did their civic duty and revealed this to the public?

Someone is going to be punished for being patriotic and letting the public know?

Wow, well I think it’s time to start taking bets on when we will become a fascist nation. Because really, it is no longer a question of if now, only a matter when.


*UPDATE*

"There are differences between felons and whistleblowers, and we ought to wait 'til the investigation occurs to decide what happened"

--Sen. Charles Schumer


Well said, Senator.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Kevin said...

I just wrote about this earlier this morning... springing off of a post over at DKos.

Schumer's comment is highly relevant and points to why the righties who whined about the leaker may well regret that they got their wish.

The relevant fact here is that the DOJ opened a criminal investigation. If they do find the leaker then they have to determine if he/she broke the law. As you probably know there are laws protecting government whistleblowers. So that means that the DOJ will ultimately be forced to investigate the legality of Bush's spying program in order to determine whether the leaker broke the law or not.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Interesting stuff, Kevin. I did not realize that the DoJ would have to necessarily determine whether Bush's program was legal or not.

Though, I wouldn't get my hopes up. The DoJ is full of Bush cronies.

Thanks for the info. though.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

Oh I share your skepticism about the DOJ. I think this "criminal investigation" that they've opened is just a pacifier for the rightwing base. I doubt that the AG really wants to open the can of worms that actually trying to prosecute the whistleblower would inevitably bring.

Of course there is another possibility: That the investigation is serious but that the AG has no intention of prosecuting. It may very well simply be a way to flush out the leaker so that Cheney and Rove can tighten up security.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...we ought to wait 'til the investigation occurs to decide what happened" --Sen. Charles Schumer

Well said, Senator."

Then shouldn't you wait before pronouncing President Bush a criminal, dumbass?

No laws were broken, by the way. At least not by the President. The leaker, who was dismissed for being mentally unstable, may well have. If he's found guilty I hope he goes to prison for a long, long time.

As for the President's actions... the NSA program was approved by White House counsel, NSA counsel, and key members of Congress (of both parties). You people crack me up. Losers, the whole lot of ya. As nutty as your heor in this story.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Bush already is a criminal. He misled this nation into an unnecessary war. If that ain't a crime I don't know what is.

With that said, I don't need to wait for an investigation because any person with even a small amount of Constitutional knowledge can see that Bush's program violates the FISA law itself and most definitely the 4th Amendment.

You know what cracks me up? The fact that you think the White House Council's approval actually means something. I'm glad you are fine with letting the fox watch the hen house.

Even though this is irrelevant as I think think the Democrats suck too, the key members of Congress were provided with little detail of the scope of the program and both Senator Rockwell and Nancy Pelosi wrote letters expressing their concerns about the program.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're ignorance is stunning. You don't have a fucking clue as to what you are talking about. Neither with the Constitution or FISA.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check it out, in six months time, or 2 years, whatever, nothing -- NOTHING -- will come of this manufactured little scandal you and the Dems are promoting. You know why? Because no laws were broke by the administration. And it just shows how psycho you are when you say the president "lied us into war." Ha.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And another thing, just to show how dumb you are, Pelosi's letter didn't complain about the survellience part, she complained about an entirely different thing. You need to educate yourself buddy.

6:55 AM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Is that all you really got, Anonymous?

Pathetic.

If you honestly want the President to be equivalent to a Dictator in times of war why not just come out and say it?

Oh, that's right--you need to hide your extremist, reactionary views.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

The president and some wacko nutjob conservatives just fail to realize that the constitution and the amendments are laws.

They prefer the obscure, lengthy, strangely named laws that congress peruses and votes on every day. That way there's much more useless wording and padding to use as loopholes in cases like this.

I haven't seen one of them cite the fourth amendment in defense of King George...

7:37 PM  
Blogger niteskolar said...

You have an e-mail address?

12:40 AM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Yes. May I ask why?

4:38 PM  
Blogger niteskolar said...

I was gonna send you a copy of the page with all the comments if you didn't have it. You can e-mail me at niteskolar@aol.com.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hola, TDV. Just stopping by to say Hi.

12:16 PM  
Blogger The Disenfranchised Voter said...

Hey Kev.

Oh boy, did you see the Daily Show last night? I can't believe Cheney shot some dude in the face. Too funny.

The way Rob Cordrey connected the hunting accident to the Iraq War and the NSA scandal was absolutely priceless!

Anyways, how have you been doing?

6:44 PM  

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