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Thursday, July 14, 2005

My God, they've gone crazy

I'm not lawyer, but TPM points out a new bill on the floor that seems a bit wacky:

Any federal officeholder who makes reference to a classified Federal Bureau of Investigation report on the floor of the United States Senate,

Ok, I'm with you so far...classified being the operative word to me in that statement...

or any federal officeholder that makes a statement based on a FBI agent's comments which is used as propaganda by terrorist organizations thereby putting our servicemen and women at risk, shall not be permitted access to such information or to hold a security clearance for access to such information.

This seems to me to be a bit ridiculous. First of all, does that mean a federal officeholder could make a statement NOT based on a FBI's agent's comments, that is subsequently used for propaganda? Additionally, wouldn't that prohibit speaking about anything the FBI finds that shows that America did wrong since, ostensibly our enemies could use that as propaganda? Isn't this basically an Orwellian 'don't criticize the government' type thing because our enemies could use that as propanganda?

Its called the 'Frist Amendment'. I don't know if its Frist or if TPM made up that moniker, but whoever it is needs a quick blow to the head with the reality stick.

The way to cut off the supply of 'propaganda' to the enemy is to hold the moral high ground, acknowlege mistakes when they happen, make sure they don't happen again and overall conduct ourselves beyond reproach, as much as it is possible during war times. There is always propaganda, the way to limit it is NOT to limit our criticism and speech.


Blogger Patrick said...

You've said it much better than I have been able to in the past. We must take the moral high ground on every issue -- it is truly the only way to "win" this war on terror. So far I don't see how we could be "winning" it?

8:33 PM  

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