Leaking Secrets

Why? Why? Why does Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) hate America?

According to the Post, the reason for the administration’s feverish effort to get legislation to expand its surveillance powers under FISA is that earlier this year a FISA Court judge declared a key portion of the administration’s program illegal. The ruling of course was secret. And it seems that until now the White House had kept this information hidden from Congress.

So why are we finding this out now? Well, that’s another interesting story. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) went on Fox News Tuesday night and discussed the whole thing. But the very existence of the ruling is highly classified. So it seems he publicly revealed highly classified information.

I eagerly await the [spurious] charges of treason which are sure to erupt from the right.

Hey…where did those chirping crickets come from?

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3 Responses to Leaking Secrets

  1. Amy says:

    Uh… is everybody pretending now that nobody knew about this? What did Boehner say that was “classified?” The DNI gave PUBLIC testimony to the Senate in May about it. Gonzalez wrote about it in a PUBLIC letter in January. It may “seem” like Boehner did something, but that’s only for people looking for something – anything – spurious to lob at their opponents. Give me a break.

  2. scott says:

    It may “seem” like Boehner did something, but that’s only for people looking for something – anything – spurious to lob at their opponents. Give me a break.
    Well, uh, the reason no one knew about this ruling for months is because it was a classified ruling by the FISA court.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/02/AR2007080202619.html

    Boehner has denied revealing classified information, but two government officials privy to the details confirmed that his remarks concerned classified information.

    That would, uh, be the reason. Because it was, uh, secret. Boehner was, uh, the first to, uh, mention it publicly.
    The reaction to Boehner’s, uh, leaking classified info is in stark reaction to those on the right who piddled themselves over the New York Times doing what newspapers are supposed to do, and let us know when they’d discovered that, oh, say, the President of the United States has unambiguously been breaking the law. In that case, rather than being upset that our president openly admitted he’s a felon, the right absurdly claimed that now and only now will Al Qaeda realize that we just might be eavesdropping. Brilliant! If Al Qaeda’s that stupid, we really have nothing to worry about. If we all just shrug our collective shoulders at the president openly admitting to trampling the Constitution, on the other hand, we definitely have something to worry about. A lot. Our constitution, for instance.
    Which is to say, our nation.
    [I do like your use of the word “spurious,” however. But maybe that’s ‘cuz I used it myself in that post. Kudos to you!]

  3. scott says:

    More hypocritical goodness!
    http://slog.thestranger.com/2007/08/this_is_ironic

    In 1998, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) filed a lawsuit against Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) for leaking a recording of a cell phone call. In that recording, which came into McDermott’s hands through a rather bizarre series of events, Boehner could be heard talking with other Republicans about how to subvert House ethics rules.

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