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Tuesday, July 19, 2005


House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, yesterday on Face the Nation (transcript -pdf file):
It certainly wouldn't be the first time that the CIA might have been overzealous in sort ofmaintaining the kind of top-secret definition on things longer than they needed to...

SCHIEFFER: Let me just interrupt here. Are you saying that the CIA took this too seriously?

Rep. BLUNT: I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is I think often the CIA classifies things as top secret that really don't need to be top secret. This could very well be a time when they have continued to call an agent a covert agent long beyond the time when she would have met the statute.
Forget that this is the rhetorical equivalent of "got nuthin'". As I've mentioned before, this points to a fundamental unseriousness on the part of Bush apologists when it comes to national security, especially when it intersects with politics.

Whether or not you accept Blunt's general argument about the CIA, wouldn't you say that at a time like this -- any time really -- that the identity of a CIA agent working in the field of WMD PROLIFERATION would probably be a good thing to keep clandestine? Given that we're in a war started over weapons of mass destruction? But nevermind all that important stuff, it's time to protect our political allies!

I simply do not trust these people to keep Americans safe.


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