Freedom From The Press
Harper's Magazine has an extensive report on Gonzales' attempt to shut down our press by getting an Americanized version of the British Official Secrets Act enacted here. But...knowing that he'd never get such a law by Congress, the AG has decided to simply have an old law, the 1917 Espionage Act, reinterpreted to criminalize any release of classified information, even by persons having no obligation to protect the government's secrets. From Harper's:
Rather than approach Congress with a proposal to enact the British Official Secrets Act--a proposal which would certainly be defeated even in the prior Republican-led Congress--Gonzales decided to spin it from whole cloth. He would construe the Espionage Act of 1917 to include the essence of the Official Secrets Act, and he would try to get this interpretation ratified in the Bush Administration's “vest pocket” judicial districts—the Eastern District of Virginia and the Fourth Circuit. The key man for this project was to be Paul J. McNulty, the man he soon picked as his deputy.Since the Bush administration has never had a problem with using classification as a means to hide its dirty laundry--and since the DoJ has already identified a test case, the AIPAC prosecution--we may soon have a ruling that would make press exposure of torture, rendition, and illegal surveillance prosecutable acts of espionage.
Many thanks to The Xsociate for the head's up.
My pleausre. It was a good catch. I even missed the WaPo article on the same subject last Friday.
Every rebublican's wet dream come true.
That it is, Aaron. In fact, it could be used against anyone: Bloggers, pundits, whistle-blowers...administration critics of all kinds.
Ajaz... He's not quite gone yet. Soon, but not yet. We'll see if this measure departs with him.
I must say that I'd be more pleased if the MSM would actually say something worth hearing once in a while.
Diva... Well not really. Any court worth it's robes would reject the argument as an infringement on Congress' law-making powers, but the Circuit they've targeted is very pliable and sympathetic to Bu$hCo nonsense.
Peacechick... I can see it now:
Today, the Bush administration did great things. Just trust us on this one.
Voldemort Bush, Darth Cheney and Dr. Evil Rove.
What a trifecta of nasties!