Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:07 PM
James48 (1,320 posts)
TREASON is a strong word
And it applies. Why isn't the Justice Department indicting House GOP Congressman Jason Chaffetz?
While attempting to use the death of American government officials in Libya to help Mitt Romney’s election bid, fellow Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, and his House Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, outed a classified CIA operation, on C-SPAN no less, endangering American national security.
Oh but, as the saying goes, it gets better.
Chaffetz and company were using the death of the US ambassador to Libya, and others, to try to smear the President for “security lapses,” and as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank points out in a great scoop, Chaffetz and company managed to create their own massive security lapse.
It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.
In a nutshell, the State Department was briefing the congressional Republicans, at an open hearing that the Republicans called, and were showing commercially-available satellite images of the area of the attack. Suddenly, Republican Chaffetz and GOP Committee chair Darrell Issa (another piece of work) both suggested that the images showed classified information that could endanger current ongoing operations in the area. As Milbank points out, this confirmed two things – one, that the picture was apparently of a CIA base, and two, that the base might still be in operation even after the attack that killed our ambassador.
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TREASON is a strong word (Original post)
Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)
Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:38 PM
flamingdem (35,633 posts)
4. Treason is accurate
Treason - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation.
Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)
Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:44 PM
Posteritatis (18,807 posts)
7. Dictionary definitions of legal terms are not the correct ones.
The US constitution deliberately defined the scope for treason very, very narrowly - much moreso than most people who use the term think or believe.
(I won't dispute that he's certainly guilty of other offenses with that dumbass stunt, though.)