07 April 2006

The Latest Newspeak

Today's nearly-hysterical attempt at redefinition comes to us from the Ministry of Truth White House Press Office:
The President believes the leaking of classified information is a very serious matter. And I think that's why it's important to draw a distinction here. Declassifying information and providing it to the public, when it is in the public interest, is one thing. But leaking classified information that could compromise our national security is something that is very serious. And there is a distinction.
So, let's see...

Giving a selected few reporters selected crumbs of information = in the public interest.

Telling the public that big brother might be lithere is a "terrorist surveillance program" in which the government claims the right to listen in on some phone converstations without any due process = not in the public interest.

I'm glad they've cleared that one up.
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