Friday, June 19, 2009

The Bush Administration Is Still There

More of that change you are waiting for has been tossed in the bin.

Obama administration lawyers are apparently trying another tactic to get the courts to back Bush administration arguments which never worked to prevent the release of critical documents. Forget Qaeda or North Korea, late night hosts who tell jokes are why the government should retain its secrets.

“A federal judge yesterday sharply questioned an assertion by the Obama administration that former Vice President Richard B. Cheney’s statements to a special prosecutor about the Valerie Plame case must be kept secret, partly so they do not become fodder for Cheney’s political enemies or late-night commentary on The Daily Show,” R. Jeffrey Smith reports for The Washington Post.

The AP reports, “Justice Department lawyers told the judge that future presidents and vice presidents may not cooperate with criminal investigations if they know what they say could become available to their political opponents and late-night comics who would ridicule them.”

  Raw Story

I guess the DOJ lawyers are just doing their job, but for the love of Pete, they trot that tired old saw out for everything. And it always makes them sound like idiots and/or fascists. Maybe they are.

I’ve got a suggestion for the Cheneys of this world. If you don’t want to be ridiculed, don’t go into poltics.

Maybe we should just outlaw television. And radio. And newspapers. And the internet.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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