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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:01 PM
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White House target journalists for prosecution as spies
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:30 PM by quaoar
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks
Sources, Reporters Could Be Prosecuted


By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 5, 2006; Page A01

The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.

In recent weeks, dozens of employees at the CIA, the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies have been interviewed by agents from the FBI's Washington field office, who are investigating possible leaks that led to reports about secret CIA prisons and the NSA's warrantless domestic surveillance program, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the two cases.


Numerous employees at the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and other agencies also have received letters from Justice prohibiting them from discussing even unclassified issues related to the NSA program, according to sources familiar with the notices. Some GOP lawmakers are also considering whether to approve tougher penalties for leaking.

In a little-noticed case in California, FBI agents from Los Angeles have already contacted reporters at the Sacramento Bee about stories published in July that were based on sealed court documents related to a terrorism case in Lodi, according to the newspaper.
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yourout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:22 PM
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1. If the Clinton Whitehouse had tried this.....
They would have been run out on a rail.
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:26 PM
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2. It's different, * is the "Commander in Chief"!
An insult to every one who ever wore the uniform with pride and served with honor, that appellation is! But what do I know?
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Catrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:09 AM
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23. This is probably why the press has been so scared to publish
what they know about this administration. Now, because they are soooooo scared that whatever it is they are doing secretly to the American people, will be revealed, they are revealing themselves for what they are, and I doubt many in the press are surprised.

The sooner the indictments come the freer the press will finally be. They can't keep plugging all the holes or silencing all those who know what they are, by going after the press or patriots who are trying to tell the truth to the American people.

What this says is that this program must be seriously criminal or they wouldn't go to so much trouble to hide it ~ and the more they do, the more suspicious people are going to be.

If Ashcroft wouldn't go along with them, it has to be seriously criminal and it is the duty of Congress to find out what they are doing and to protect the press from this assault. And that includes Republicans who should be hearing from the public as frequently as Democrats do imo ~
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:37 PM
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3. Da Corporo-Federal Big-Gov Clampdown is ratcheted a fat notch tighter
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:40 PM by SpiralHawk
Da Big Clampdown is coming

Big BushCo panicked as its vast corruption and incompetence is exposed

Going to drop Da Hammer on "information"

"Information" is the enemy

"All your truth are belong to us" - AWOL, Inc

Da Big Clampdown ratcheting tighter
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:43 PM
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4. I find this ominous
and an obvious scare tactic to try and suppress anything and everything that might be unflattering to the regime.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:20 PM
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7. It's more than ominous
Of course, you don't see them threatening espionage charges against anyone for -- oh, say -- leaking the name of a CIA undercover agent.
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fearnobush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:17 PM
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24. I believe it's more than a scare tactic. I believe they will do anything
possible to keep their fascist grip on our freedom. See, it's they who hate freedom, because freedom, real US of A type freedom ends them up in jail or at least indicted convicted then pardoned. A few weeks ago a NYTimes reporter was murdered in the Chelsea area of DC, yet no outrage or stories told, 100's of reporters are in coffins after there bodies were laid to waste in Iraq. Iraq is a convenient place to kill reporters. Yet it sends the same message - Unofficial GOP talking point - fuck with us, and we'll kill you! That's the real message, and just a matter of time before the NeoConn cultists of the GOP begin manning the death camps, not for Jews or Arabs or Blacks, but for us. The free thinkers, the justice for types people, the liberals. Give it time folks, just wait and let those DLC henchmen spread Diebold and ESS et al and we got our selves and old school tyrannical dictatorship. We must never yield our truth, our freedom to them. Even if we must die for it, get jailed for it, we must eternally fight the bastards until justice is done, until we are truly free once again. Keep writing them stories, keep those CIA, NSA leaker's sifting threw the Tali-bush. Keep up the great work, the work that saves humanity and brings us freedom once again.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:49 PM
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5. The egomaniac must smash any dissent. This is frightening.
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:51 PM
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6. I guess they can't shoot them all then.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:26 PM
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8. Gleichschaltung
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:33 PM
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9. Gee, they just voided the Bush "Free Pass". . .(except maybe at Faux)
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 10:33 PM by emulatorloo
No more press covering up for Bushco now. This intimidation won't work.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:38 PM
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10. Wouldn't you know it - Senator "Cover-Up" Pat Roberts proposing a law
<snip>

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said last month that he is considering legislation that would criminalize the leaking of a wider range of classified information than what is now covered by law. The measure would be similar to earlier legislation that was vetoed by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and opposed by then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft in 2002.

<snip>

If Ashcroft opposed it, it has got to be horrible.

Roberts spends all his time covering up for Bushco. What about his constituents. What the hell do the people of Kansas get out of this?
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:39 AM
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21. I am from Kansas--
and what I get out of Roberts' evil machinations is steamed.
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NativeTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:40 PM
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11. NIXONIAN POLITICS..............
......didn't die with old Dick. Nixon "ratfucker" Karl Rove still carries on the tradition with a president who is so crooked that Nixon wouldn't be good enough to carry his briefcase.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:19 PM
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12. Smells like Nixon spirit!!!
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:32 PM
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13. Bush's friend in the Philippines is resorting to similar tactics
Arroyo charges the reporters with sedition

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Many of us that have been following recent events in the Philippines where Arroyo used a state of emergency to arrest opposition leaders, and shutdown one newspaper while threatening others, are wondering if Bush would use a similar artificial "crisis" to sign an executive order arresting troublesome journalists under the guise of national security.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:53 PM
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14. So not Judy Miller or Novak right?
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:21 AM
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15. kickin' for one more recommend...
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:30 AM
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16. Administration shills get a free pass
propaganda and lying to the American people is ok.
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Us vs Them Donating Member (725 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:41 AM
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17. OMG The Terrorists are reading the Sacramento Bee!!!!11!
Honestly. If someone is so deranged that they're willing to strap a bomb to themselves, or go down in a jet fuel blaze, no amount of 'leaked information' is going to stop them.

Please.
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:44 AM
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18. If the Establishment media don't turn on * now, they'll be destroyed
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 07:46 AM by leveymg
The MSM had better wake up and sound the alarm. Frankenstein is in the house.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:47 AM
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19. Here's Hoping More Rats Jump From The Ship
Brownie is our "guide dog" here. Yep...this regime is gonna stomp out any leaks and anyone who leaks and anyone who leaks about a leak...and in doing so is about to hasten the exit of many of the people they want to shut up.

While you can intimidate and bully your opponents, it's cutting off your legs to do that for the people who work for you. It creates lots of suspicion as people within this regime are constantly looking over their shoulder while the finger pointing and "blame game" goes on.

There's a lot of nervous stomaches inside the beltway right now. Between the sword of Damaclese of Hurricane Abramoff or the other investigations, the wholescale corruption and the implosion of this regime, the rats are ready to leave the ship and with them will be a lot of the dirty little secrets.

Let boooosh send the FBI, CIA and DOJ loose on his own administration...knock himself out, he's only opening a door for many qualified people to exit and go public to really tell their stories.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:12 AM
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20. Freedom Of The Press...."RIP" n/t
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:01 AM
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22. k&r
this is so disturbing.
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 08:35 AM
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25. I agree ohio blue
It's disturbing the way the fool flaunts his totalitarian powers and this will likely escalate if the press continues to turn up the heat.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-06-06 12:26 PM
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26. The Nixon "plumbers" come to mind. G. Gordon Liddy could consult
for the Bushistas on this topic.
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