April 20, 2009
Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse…

…along comes Jeff Stein at CQ Politics:

Rep. Jane Harman, the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington…

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House…

Harman, he told Goss, had helped persuade the newspaper to hold the wiretap story before, on the eve of the 2004 elections. And although it was too late to stop the Times from publishing now, she could be counted on again to help defend the program.

In this sorry story of corruption and carreerism and high crimes, the most shameful player of all is The New York Times. We don’t expect much of Bush appointees and multimillionaire Blue Dog Democrats like Harman, after all. But like beaten curs that crawl back toward their masters, tails wagging, we still hope for the best from America’s best newspaper. Can there be any doubt that breaking the wiretap story on the eve of the 2004 election would have delivered us from evil for four more years?



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 20, 2009 11:15 AM
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Thanks a lot. Another Monday in the toilet.
I guess I should be used it it, but I keep hoping to have a Monday without hearing about a dem acting like a repug.

Posted by: John Gall on April 20, 2009 12:09 PM

How many wiretaps of members of congress have been used by the Bush administration to keep them in line?

Posted by: Mahakal on April 20, 2009 1:10 PM

This really is like something out of a Ross Thomas novel.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on April 20, 2009 1:20 PM

Exactly, Roddy. Only in Ross Thomas, there might be a humorous aspect.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on April 21, 2009 3:22 PM
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