Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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Yet another facet of working within the secrecy laws is this: No level of classification protects an individual against law. Put another way, lawbreakers cannot hide under cover of classified work. So if one conducts an action that one knows is illegal, one is in legal jeopardy. Also, if one sees illegal activity conducted under cover of classified work, one is legally obliged to report it. This is analogous to UCMJ rules governing soldiers' behavior in battle. One cannot expect, "I was following orders" or "it was none of my business" to give one legal cover.
There are all kinds of "if, ands, or buts", but an couple of excellent examples of the attempt to hide illegal activity under cover of classified work was the Iran-Contra Affair. Didn't work. Also the aforementioned Rep Charlie Wilson, in which it in fact, did work.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama