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Earlier today, I noted Mike Isikoff’s report in Newsweek about the dramatic and highly repressive steps taken by the Gonzales Justice Department against Thomas Tamm, a former lawyer they evidently suspect of having told the press about the Bush Administration’s felonious surveillance program. I wondered when FBI agents will be sent to raid the home of Alberto Gonzales, John Boehner and the nameless White House aide who tried to help Gonzales out of his latest perjury rap? That won’t happen, for a simple reason: these are not legitimate law enforcement activities, they are politically motivated repression. And now I see that the folks over at CREW are asking exactly the same question: who is being appointed to handle the probe into the public leaks by John A. Boehner?
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Department of Justice asking that the Counterespionage Section of the National Security Division initiate an investigation into whether House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH) violated the law by leaking classified information.
Then, of course, we need the investigation of Gonzales, and of the White House for their respective leaks as well. For the latter, I’d certainly start with Vice President Cheney’s office. That’s the usual source of national security threatening leaks in Washington these days.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Damages sought, in a defamation suit, by a Chicago landlord from a tenant who complained about mold via Twitter:
The British House of Lords voted to limit the right of parents to spank their children.
The Mall of America hired its first black Santa, a real estate company valued Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s North Pole home at $656,957, and it was reported that the price of the gifts from “Twelve Days of Christmas” went up by more than $200 in 2016, to $34,363.49.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."