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.


Alan Kellogg said...

What I see here is an idiot who wouldn't know how to explain why you stop for a red light. It's an inordinate fondness for complicating matters in order to look important.

To make it simple, the President of the United States has the power to wake classified material unclassified. That's what you have here.

The rest of it? Let's face it, President Bush gets vile when he's crossed. Just ask John McCain.

d. dunford said...

Now that you've taken on Seguin, why not the White House?

Fight the power! Fight the power! Fight the - (muffled, followed by sound of your brother being shoved into the trunk of an unmarked NSA car).

Anonymous said...

The president may have the right to make classified material unclassified. He says he is ---

But that's not what he did -- instead he authorized it to be leaked to a specific reporter. And why?

"Because, I'm the President and I say so."

This is nothing less than a cycical abuse of power. (Regardless of whether or not this is legal)

Another example of an imperial and imperious president who believes that he has been given the right to do what he chooses.

Anonymous said...

Q: Whats the difference between national security and a political campaign?

A: If George Bush can't tell the difference, how should I?