Let me get this straight. Releasing classified information is harmful to national security and, therefore, anyone who releases classified information, will be “taken care of” in the words of President Bush. However, if the President releases information that was previously classified, then, by definition, the release of that information is not dangerous to national security.
However, if the information was released under the guise that it is not dangerous to national security, then why was it classified in the first place? And why is it that the President releases or authorizes the release of information that just happens to support his position on issues like why we went to war in Iraq.
In short, formerly classified information is released when it supports the administration. Information not supporting the administration is kept classified and anyone who releases that information needs to be punished.
The policy seems to be that we classify everything and then we release those bits and pieces that are helpful to the administration politically. We punish those who hurt the administration and we promote those who help the administration, regardless of the true impact of any information they release on national security or, for that matter, on the personal security of our formerly secret, outed, intelligence agents.
Scott McClellan states that it is ok to declassify information in the public interest but not ok to disclose information that would help terrorists. Unfortunately, he confuses public interest with personal political interest. Apparently, it is not in the public’s interest to learn of those views within the administration that might not support its policies such as going to war in Iraq.
The bottom line here is that the President can do no wrong.
“L’etat, c’est moi.” — Louis XIV