Thursday, August 04, 2005

Another scandal of Plame size proportions?

For some reason, yesterday, I kept thinking Raw Story would break something significant, but I didn't see anything...but today...they're citing a soon-to-be-published Vanity Fair article claiming:

[FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds] reported hearing Turkish wiretap targets boast that they had a covert relationship with...Dennis Hastert, Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House since 1999. The targets reportedly discussed giving Hastert tens of thousands of dollars in surreptitious payments in exchange for political favors and information...

And in case anybody doesn't know about Edmonds...

On top of the usual prohibition against disclosing classified information, the Bush administration has smothered her case beneath the all-encompassing blanket of the “state-secrets privilege”—a Draconian and rarely used legal weapon that allows the government, merely by asserting a risk to national security, to prevent the lawsuits Edmonds has field contesting her treatment from being heard in court at all. According to the Department of Justice, to allow Edmonds her day in court, even at a closed hearing attended only by personnel with full security clearance, “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the foreign policy and national security of the United States.”

Edmonds’ attorney, who works for the ACLU, says: “It also begs a question: Just what in the world is the government trying to hide?”

If this is true- that officals in the Bush regime were actively trying to thwart an investigation into Hatert- to me this would be a crime comprising the very essence, the sine qua non, the genuine article, of a high crime against the United States of America.

And whoever did that ought to, you know, have their own special prosecutor on their heels..

HT: BarbinMD on Kos.

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