Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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Secrecy, legality, congress
A retired senator attended classified briefings in which apparently he took personal notes and brought them outside of the briefing for his own personal use. A previous DCIA did that and got in a lot of trouble. A previous national security advisor also got in trouble for violating the rules.
When you get read into the classified world at the technical/analytic level the rules are extraordinarily crystalline -- screw-up and it's your a$$. There are plenty of folks in jail who did it intentionally and legions who got the boot who did it unintentionally, just to illustrate the point.
Why is it bigwig VIP's get the tut-tut and flunkies get jail time? Wouldn't we agree that a separate set of standards for VIP's and for flunkies is not a winning combination?
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