Sometimes it’s not necessary to read news stories with clever interpretation of what they are really saying. In the case of these recent disclosures with direct quotes from official sources, it’s evident that truth is not as important as carrying forth an agenda. This agenda upon reasonable examination suggests it is at odds with the principles from which our nation was founded. Clearly we should expect better of ourselves and most certainly other nations of the world do as well.
Jay Carney, White House press secretary, suggested the administration seemed to believe that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here”.
The Obama administration promised during its transition to power it would enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers.” It has however, been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers.
The Espionage Act, enacted in 1917 was created to punish those who gave aid to our enemies. It was used three times in all the prior administrations to bring cases against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media. It has been used six times since the current president took office.
Setting aside the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who is accused of stealing thousands of secret documents, the majority of the recent prosecutions seem to have everything to do with administrative secrecy and very little to do with national security. New York Times – Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth.
Millions of dollars in Administration support money has helped pay for New York Police Department programs which place entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance. It’s unclear exactly how much because the program has little oversight, it has paid for the cars plain clothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods.
The disclosure of the White House partially paying for the NYPD’s surveillance of places where Muslims eat, shop, work and pray complicates efforts by the Obama administration to stay out of the fray over New York’s controversial counter-terrorism programs. The administration has championed outreach to American Muslims and has said law enforcement should not put entire communities under suspicion. The White House last week declined to comment on its grant payments. CBS News DC.
If you take the time to read the articles from which this text was constructed, I believe you might conclude our country needs an ethics enema. Perhaps now would be a good time to start!
- White House helps pay for NYPD muslim surveillance (goerie.com)
- The Media Equation: White House Uses Espionage Act to Pursue Leak Cases (nytimes.com)
- CAIR seeks probe of funding for police’s Muslim spying (nation.com.pk)
- Justice Dept. to review NYPD over Muslim spying – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- White House uses Espionage Act to pursue leak cases (nextlevelofnews.com)