Dissent Is Highest Form Of Dissent
Dissent, we have been duly educated since 9/11 and President Bush's 2004 re-election, is the highest form of patriotism. At what point, then, does dissent cross the line into criminality? Never, it seems, if one asks the writers and editors of the New York Times. I strongly disagree, as the apparent motivation for the latest leaking of classified information to the media made its way onto the cattle-fecal-matter radar screen this morning.
If dissent is truly the highest form of patriotism, where does breeching the protocols of security and betraying the trust of granted clearances fit into the equation? Can we give these patriots their medals and just make it official?
No. We should instead track them down and prosecute them, and prepare their Patriots Day parade welcoming them to the friendly confines of Fort Leavenworth Prison.- a "Castle" fit for 'patriotic' Kings of Dissent who do so by disclosing classified documents.No sympathy, no praise. Only ire.
Today's Daily Double: When is the last time the leaking of classified information or documents was pursued to an end resulting in prosecution?
Is the answer Scooter Libby, who was prosecuted and jailed for a leak we now know to have been of Richard Armitage's origin? How's Rich (and his former boss) doing these days?
Yet the trampling and blatant disregard for public trust via the trashing of security clearance oaths continues unabated. And the writers and editors of the New York Times are all too happy to provide the venue for such courageously anonymous malcontents.
Perhaps the oath sworn by those awarded security clearances just doesn't apply so long as the aim is to take political swipes at unpopular men.
Perhaps the legal system should take a swipe back. Not in the defense of Bush or Rumsfeld. But in the defense of the integrity and discipline of security, and the acknowledgment of who is not worthy of such trust.
It should sicken you. That it doesn't to enough Americans perpetuates the un-policed conduct of those who divulge (and publish) with reckless abandon and selfish political ire.