I was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator and am now a journalist. I am the author of three New York Times bestselling books -- "How Would a Patriot Act" (a critique of Bush executive power theories), "Tragic Legacy" (documenting the Bush legacy), and With Liberty and Justice for Some (critiquing America's two-tiered justice system and the collapse of the rule of law for its political and financial elites). My fifth book - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the US Surveillance State - will be released on April 29, 2014 by Holt/Metropolitan.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

On second thought, mabye we don't need that leak investigation

Great moments in Senate Integrity . . .

Frist and Hastert Demand Investigation of Leak to Washington Post re: CIA "Black Prisons"

In the wake of the disclosure, the top Republican Congressional leaders - Speaker Denny Hastert and the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, sent the chairmen of the Intelligence Committees a request Tuesday for a joint investigation into the origin of the article.

"If accurate," the letter said, "such an egregious disclosure could have long-term and far-reaching damaging and dangerous consequences and will imperil our efforts to protect the American people and our homeland from terrorist attacks."

THEN . . .

Trent Lott Says It's Probably a GOP Senator Who did the Leaking

Almost immediately, senator Trent Lott, of Mississippi, (who you will remember was deposed as senate leader by Rove and replaced by Frist) informed CNN that the leak most probably came from a republican senator, as "Every word that was said in there went right to the newspaper," he said. "We can't keep our mouths shut." Lott also reportedly said "We can not remain silent. We have met the enemy, and it is us."

NOW . . .

Sen. Roberts says that the investigation is not such a great idea

The chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told Senate leaders yesterday that Congress should hold off on a probe of the disclosure of classified information on secret prisons to The Washington Post until the Justice Department completes its own inquiry.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he will "respectfully" request that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) back off a strongly worded request that a bicameral investigation into the disclosure be convened immediately.

AND . . .

Frist signals that he will likely accept Roberts' suggestion

Frist spokeswoman Amy Call said the majority leader had not decided how to respond. "He always takes what his chairmen say into consideration," she said.

Seriously, what has happened to them? They never used to be this transparent. Is it really all due to Bill Frist's buffoonery, unsupervised by a distracted Karl Rove, or are they all just starting to turn on each other?

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