Sunday, June 23, 2013

So When Will Dick Cheney Be Charged With Espionage?

Oh, probably when hell freezes over, or when this country becomes a democracy - whichever comes first...

By Juan Cole, Informed Consent:

The US government charged Edward Snowden with theft of government property and espionage on Friday.

Snowden hasn’t to our knowledge committed treason in any ordinary sense of the term. He hasn’t handed over government secrets to a foreign government.

His leaks are being considered a form of domestic spying. He is the 7th leaker to be so charged by the Obama administration. All previous presidents together only used the charge 3 times.

Charging leakers with espionage is outrageous, but it is par for the course with the Obama administration.

The same theory under which Edward Snowden is guilty of espionage could easily be applied to former vice president Dick Cheney.

Cheney led an effort in 2003 to discredit former acting ambassador in Iraq, Joseph Wilson IV, who had written an op ed for the New York Times detailing his own mission to discover if Iraq was getting uranium from Niger. (The answer? No.)

Cheney appears to have been very upset with Wilson, and tohave wished to punish him by having staffers contact journalists and inform them that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was secretly a CIA operative. While Cheney wasn’t the one whose phone call revealed this information, he set in train the events whereby it became well known. (Because Cheney’s staff had Plame’s information sitting around in plain sight, Armitage discovered it and then was responsible for the leak, but he only scooped Libby and Rove, who had been trying to get someone in the press to run with the Plame story.

What Cheney did in ordering his aides Scooter Libby and Karl Rove to release the information about Plame’s identity was no different from Snowden’s decision to contact the press.

And yet, Cheney mysteriously has not been charged with Espionage. Hmmm….


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

No surprise, huh? Cheney obviously lives by a different set of laws than Snowden. Because the corporate-state is dead-set on making an example of him, Snowden is forced to seek asylum in Ecuador (via the safest route possible, through Moscow).

I'm holding out for the day that both Bush and his higher-up, Cheney, are pressured into making a run for Paraguay. It will only be then that I'll know the rule of law has returned to the justice system in this country.

God's speed, Mr. Snowden! God's speed!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Dredd said...

Snowden is a whistleblower, not a leaker. Leaking of classified docs is what the whathouse does to deceive folks.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Let's see if this works!

The members of the House Of Resent-atives spent 2 million tax payer dollars for food and meals last year.

Boner spent $64000. Pelosi $61000 But McCarthy (R-Ca) spent $99,000

Boner's alone would provide food stamps of $200 a month for 26 families each for a year!

McCarthy could provide 41 families food stamps for a year!

And these unconscionable pricks say we spent too much on food stamps for the poor they created!

The 2 million would take care of over 800 families for a year of food...and these pricks have us pick up their tab but say the poor are buying crab legs!

This needs out real bad!

12:58 PM  

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