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originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: Krazysh0t
What I believe is Flynn's party ate one their own because they just can't stand the thought of not being in power.
What I believe is the intelligence community is filled with political hacks doing everything they can to destroy and obstruct a lawfully elected president.
What's going on right now is beyond petty.
Its damn right disgraceful, and treasonous.
originally posted by: damwel
Bush and Cheney made whistleblowing illegal. Don't you remember that.
The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution.
originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: gortex
I agree soficrow , those leaking information are doing so for a reason , the Intelligence services are sworn to protect America and if leaking information is the only way they feel they can do that then that's the way it is
Is that before or after overthrowing foreign governments, and running drugs filling their off shore bank accounts from illicit sales.
originally posted by: namelesss
originally posted by: soficrow
When the powerful lie, we rely on whistleblowers for the truth.
That is what journalists used to do. Still do.
'Whistleblowers' are/can be as biased as anyone.
No one should ever be believed!
...Flynn told Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump spokesman Sean Spicer that the sanctions never came up in his talks. Pence and Spicer repeated the denials in public.
But that wasn’t true.
On Jan. 26, the Justice Department told Trump’s White House counsel that Flynn’s version was untrue — and that the apparent deception could make him vulnerable to blackmail from Russia. Still, Flynn continued to deny the report.
Then, on Feb. 9, the Post reported that nine current and former officials said Flynn’s version was untrue. On Feb. 12, the Post added the possibility of Russian blackmail into the mix. On Feb. 13, Flynn resigned.
Two items jump out from that timeline. One is that Trump knew for more than two weeks that Flynn had misled Pence and Spicer, but did nothing about it. The second is the unusual number of sources in the Post’s Feb. 9 article: “nine current and former officials who were in senior positions” at the time of Flynn’s phone call.
That’s not a leak; that’s an insurrection.
As Trump tries to remake Washington in his own image, it seems he’s going to run into plenty of national security bureaucrats who won’t merely be reluctant to cooperate; they’ll be ready to blow the whistle if the administration does something they consider improper.
That’s far from unprecedented.
In the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, many of the most important leaks came from “Deep Throat,” a source who turned out to be Mark Felt, an associate director of the FBI. His motive, it appears, was to stop Nixon from turning the bureau into a politicized arm of the White House.
In the Iran-Contra scandal that entangled President Reagan, many of the leaks about illicit weapons deals came from the national security bureaucracy, too — some from officials who thought Reagan’s secret arms sales to Iran were a bad idea, others from officials who thought the National Security Council staff had exceeded its authority.
The leaks will continue. For some bureaucrats, they’re a matter of institutional survival. For a few, they’re a matter of honor. In a well-run, self-policing government, they wouldn’t be necessary. But in the Trump administration, they’re likely to be more important than ever.