Botnst - 4/8/2006 1:06 AM
That Guy - 4/7/2006 1:13 PM
Botnst - 4/6/2006 5:04 PM
how many of us know that the President and VP are authorized by statute to declassify anything without having to go through the usual process? This is why President Carter wasn't in any trouble when he spontaneously declassified stealth technology during his unsuccesful reelection campaign.
Look it up.
Like I said, he could bite the head off a baby and some would still defend it.
I agree that there is a contention that he has the "absolute" right to declassify anything, although its never been done before without the coordination with the agency that classifies it so noone is really sure.
Although I doubt Bush has the right to declassify things without telling anyone he's declassified it and then launch an investigation into the leaking of declassified information along with the subsequent jailing of a reporter that disseminated this declassified information. Something tells me that if this is true he is at a minimum guilty of withholding evidence and most likely obstruction of justice (not saying anything while a reporter was jailed). In my own opinion, I think a case for fraud could also be made.
It has been done without consultation. See the Carter incedent. Also both Johnson and Nixon declassified stuff all of the time. So did Roosevelt. I don't think that either Truman or Eisenhower did, nor did Ford, IIRC. I don't know about Reagan or Bush I. I don't know if Clinton himself did but I do recall that the military and intel communities both hated dealing with the Whitehouse because they didn't find the functionaries in teh Whitehouse trust-inspiring. There was an awful lot written about that during both of Clinton's admins.
Does that make it "RIGHT"? I don't know for sure. Politicians like to think that what is good for them is good for the country, but they are usually wrong in think that way. I do not think taht I want to invest any appointee or career civil service with greater power than the President or Vice President. To me, that is much more frightening for the safety of the Republic than some silly-assed politician trying to score political points. Doesn't absolve the politician of blame.
It just helps to have a healthy perspective on the whole issue, don't you think?
Now lets discuss Mr Carter's revelation, during a presidential campaign, that we had radar-cloaking aircraft that could penetrate any air defense. Would we all not agree that was a terrible revelation to make, exposing pilots to unnecessary danger in order to score political points?
Why was he not impeached? Should he have been? Under what charges?