Thursday, October 19, 2006

Conflicts of loyalty

Democratic Staffer on Intel Committee Tagged as Leaker: House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions.


One of the most misused examples of the paramountcy of conscience is the case of St. Thomas More, who could not acknowledge King Henry VIII as his spiritual sovereign. What's often omitted from the story is that More resigned the highest office in England rather than attempt to keep it and undermine his King while in it. He was determined to follow his conscience and pay the price for it. In modern parlance he was a conscientious objector not a whistleblower.

In 1531 he attempted to resign after being forced to take an oath declaring the king the supreme head of the English church "as far the law of Christ allows". In 1532 he asked the king again to relieve him of his office, claiming that he was ill and suffering from sharp chest pains. This time Henry granted his request.

Though out of office he remained a political embarassment. After a frameup he was sentenced to die for treason. On mounting the scaffold More declared that he died "the king's good servant but God's first."


Blogger sam said...

In June, the House approved a Republican-drafted resolution condemning news organizations for revealing a covert government program to track terrorist financing, saying the disclosure had "placed the lives of Americans in danger."

The resolution, which passed on a largely party-line vote, did not specifically name the news organizations, but it was aimed at the Times and other news media that reported earlier that month on a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorists.

Condemnation Resolution

10/19/2006 09:00:00 PM  
Blogger Pangloss said...

Well, at least Ted Turner finally let everybody know which side he chose in the War on Terror. There's no doubt anymore.

10/19/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger patrick neid said...

oh god, another loser soon to be feted on oprah. i don't think i can take another one.....

10/20/2006 06:01:00 AM  
Blogger whit said...

Prosecute, Prosecute, Prosecute.

10/20/2006 06:02:00 AM  
Blogger Geek, Esq. said...

Let's see here now:

1) Republicans have no proof;

2) Republicans suspend the Democrat without any kind of inquest;

3) Rightwing bloggers are ready to have the guy thrown in prison.

Same kind of critical thinking skills that led to that horrendous mistake known as the invasion of Iraq.

10/20/2006 08:13:00 AM  
Blogger MrKufr said...

Know what? geek. esq is correct. We should gather the evidence first, then prosecute the punk traitor. And if all these people in the govt hadnt lied to us, we wouldnt have had to invade:
• Iraq is "a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction ready to use them or provide them to terrorists." (President Clinton)
• "Saddam Hussein has brought military action upon himself by refusing for 12 years to comply with the mandates of the United Nations." (John Kerry)
• "Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism." (John Kerry)
• "Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country." (John Edwards)
• "Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face." (Madeleine Albright)
• "No one has done what Saddam Hussein has done, or is thinking of doing. He is producing weapons of mass destruction, and he is qualitatively and quantitatively different from other dictators." (Madeleine Albright)
• "We stopped the fighting [in 1991] on an agreement that Iraq would take steps to assure the world that it would not engage in further aggression and that it would destroy its weapons of mass destruction. It has refused to take those steps. That refusal constitutes a breach of the armistice which renders it void and justifies resumption of the armed conflict." (Harry Reid)
• "Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power. We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." (Al Gore)
• "Others have talked about this threat that is posed by Saddam Hussein. Yes, he has chemical weapons, he has biological weapons, he is trying to get nuclear weapons." (Nancy Pelosi)
• "Saddam Hussein must disarm or face the most serious consequences. Let me make it clear that the burden is resoundingly on Saddam Hussein to live up to the ceasefire agreement he signed and make clear to the world how he disposed of weapons he previously admitted to possessing." (John Kerry)

10/20/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Roderick said...

To ","

So Republicans are playing politics. How unfair! How sleazy!

Democrats would never stoop so low, never.

10/20/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Habu1 said...


And you know the Republicans have no evidence? How would you know that? Isn't that prejudicial, and slanderous?
Why good fellow you've exposed yourself as an idiot. And in so few sentences too. What a shame.

10/20/2006 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

To Geek, Esq.:

1. Mark Foley.
2. Gerry Studds.

Lastly, sure, I always like my government to play fast and loose with national security matters...look how well the '90s turned ut.

10/21/2006 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...


Maybe he assumed....

10/21/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger Brother Waxwell said...

That, Mrkufr, was brilliant.

10/21/2006 11:54:00 AM  

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