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CIA chief Porter Goss claimed in hearings yesterday that unauthorized leaks of classified information about agency activities have caused "severe damage" to the CIA’s operations and that journalists who report leaks should be questioned by a grand jury. Gabriel Schoenfeld asks if the New York Times has violated the Espionage Act. This is the New York Times report on yesterday’s Senate hearings. I saw a few minutes of it. I was not impressed with Rockefeller or Levin’s comments.

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You weren’t impressed with Rockefeller or Lavin’s comments?

I was nauseated by them. Both are liberals who are beyond the pale. If any of our Republican senators had any backbone, thugs like these two would be censured.

Hopefully, the current Justice Department investigation into the NSA leaks will catch Rockefeller in the net. It would do my heart good to see him facing a judge and jury for his treason.

We have the best government money can buy. The only people they represent is themselves and their re-election. We need term limits for all in Congress.

I don’t know about Levin, but I think Sen. Rockefeller has sinister motives, blatantly pointing the finger at the executive branch as the source without a shred of evidence. Bizzare behavior as a result of guilt is my gut feeling.

Which "leak" is he referring to, the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, or the revelation that President Bush violated the law in ordering wiretaps without court review? Must be the latter, since there’s no sarcastic remarks about Plame being nothing more than a mail clerk for the CIA or the like.

If it’s Bush’s just-trust-me-I’m-a-Christian wiretaps at issue, has anyone heard what "Bathtub Killer" Grover Norquist has had to say about it?

"Referring to what some see as a conflict between fighting vicious terrorists and upholding all civil liberties, Norquist said: ’It’s not either/or. If the president thinks he needs different tools, pass a law to get them. Don’t break the existing laws.’"

Larry Diamond’s remarks are better, though.

Jmont, I hadn’t heard that the Prez was convicted of anything...you seem to have him tried, convicted and sentenced.

A lot of us stopped listening to Mr. Norquist when Frank Gaffney outed him as a terrorist-lover. I think Norquist is one of those ’funny Conservatives’ (aka libertarians). The worship the market but hold virtually no regard for our culture.

If anyone has missed it, I highly recommend this link I found at Powerline. I’m not sure the Dems could offer a decent response to this.

In other CIA intelligence matters, this from Time:

"Feb. 13, 2006 issue - Newly released court papers could put holes in the defense of Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, in the Valerie Plame leak case. Lawyers for Libby, and White House allies, have repeatedly questioned whether Plame, the wife of White House critic Joe Wilson, really had covert status when she was outed to the media in July 2003. But special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald found that Plame had indeed done "covert work overseas" on counterproliferation matters in the past five years, and the CIA "was making specific efforts to conceal" her identity, according to newly released portions of a judge’s opinion."

Craig, this must be wrong. Dain told us long ago: "There’s no THERE there." Or, that may have been in response to the Tom DeLay charges, which also obviously had no substance.

Dain - exactly how have I "sentenced" the President? As for the tried and convicted part, I’ve done no such thing, but perhaps I should have been more clear. The "revelation" about Bush’s activities really came from his own admission. Yes, I know that a variety of Bush appointees and cronies have asserted as fact that he didn’t violate the law, but plenty of others, both Democrat and Republican, think otherwise. No, I have not tried the President, but I would be interested to see how this would be concluded in an actual trial.

As for Grover Norquist being a "terrorist-lover," I wonder how that might reflect -strictly from your unique viewpoint, of course- upon NLT’s own Steve Hayward, who has told us before of "off the record" meetings with Grover. Hmmm...could that possibly mean that Hayward is cooperating with a terrorist enabler and sympathizer? I can only hope that Hayward was talking about this Grover. ...but then again, it appears that even he has sinister plans to encircle the globe, and there is some Arabic script on that page - who knows how deeply the terrorists have infiltrated???!!!??

I can only hope that Hayward was talking about this Grover. ...but then again, it appears that even he has sinister plans to encircle the globe, and there is some Arabic script on that page - who knows how deeply the terrorists have infiltrated???!!!??

Real Americans know all about those muppets, living high on the hog on federal subsidies for public broadcasting, and in their free time working to undermine our Republic. Take, for instance, this photograph, which clearly links Bert with Osama bin Laden. I’m not in the least surprised to hear that Grover is part of the same conspiracy, and can only hope that his telephone calls are being monitored.

When Dain made a reference to Gaffney’s neo-McCarthyite, paranoid rant at FrontPageMag, I thought that was junk even too far out in right field for the eminently reasonable and respectable (cough, cough) NLT, but then I see that, indeed, the Ashbrook Ctr. apparently takes Gaffney at least somewhat seriously, recommending his book that advises how America can "prevail in the war for the free world." Like most Americans, I have enough to worry about without concerning myself with the right-wing sacrificing one of its own in the GWOT (or the GWOVE, depending on who’s dishing out the grandiose acronyms), but perhaps to avoid anything embarrassing later, the Ashbrook Co. should find out exactly why Mr. Hayward has been fraternizing with or, at the very least, attending closed-door meetings led by a known "terrorist-lover." After all, the first of Mr. Gaffney’s 10-step plan (that’s right, it’s only 10 steps, and if you order his book through the NLT-Amazon link now, we’ll send you a free ’I HEART Karl Rove’ t-shirt!) for securing the homeland is that we should "know the enemy."

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