Skip to comments.Liberal Democrats, So Hypocritical
Posted on 11/01/2005 3:18:38 PM PST by Conservative Coulter Fan
Conservatives are rolling their eyes watching the political lefts outrage over the Valerie Plame identity controversy, wondering when it was exactly that liberals suddenly became the super patriots defending the virtues of the CIA. For a half-century the American political left has done everything in its power to undermine the national security of this country. Now we are to believe, as they wring their hands in agony and outrage outrage, I say! over Ms. Plames outing, that they care? This goes beyond rank hypocrisy. It is intellectual dishonesty.
Lets visit the lefts record on national security matters. History is not kind. Where was the left when the Rosenbergs, communists both, fed our nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union? Both were deep-fried for the treason theyd committed. Liberals tut-tutted then and tut-tut now, and dont tell me there arent hardened leftists who favored giving nuclear weapons to the Soviets to thwart what they considered Americas imperial ambitions. What of Alger Hiss, another Soviet spy who also committed treason against his country? To this day he remains a darling of the political left. Up until the moment he died he was the lefts poster child for American national security oppression.
Rather than defend the integrity of the CIA, the American left has done everything in its power to destroy it. It was Seymour Hersh and the New York Times that launched a campaign to paint the CIA as a rogue elephant agency back in 1974. Their efforts led to both houses of Congress, led by Democrats, working overtime during the Carter administration, to gut the agencys intelligence-gathering operations. Some liberals went further. CBS reporter Daniel Schorr lost his job when he leaked the secret House report on the CIA to the Village Voice, an action that outraged Americans but certainly pleased some folks at National Public Radio. They were pleased enough to hire him.
The lefts crusade against the CIA hit a wall when Ronald Reagan was elected, with anti-CIA stalwart senators like Frank Church sent packing along with Jimmy Carter. He signed into law the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 -- the very law that is at the center of the Plame controversy. It was a liberal, long-time California Congressman Don Edwards, who pointed out that "No amount of tinkering, either with the statutory language itself or with the report, can render this bill constitutional." Only 32 members joined him in his dissension all liberal Democrats like Patricia Schroeder, John Conyers, and now-Senator Charles Schumer.
It passed the Senate by a margin of 81 to 4, with Sen. John Chafee, in a rare fit of political sanity, leading the charge by alleging that hard-left magazines CounterSpy and Covert Action Information Bulletin had outed more than 2,000 intelligence officers around the world. It took a liberal, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, to denounce the proposed law which, while making it easier to convict scoundrels, will chill the exercise of First Amendment rights." Joe Biden also voted against this bill.
Liberals outside of Congress also tried their best to undermine the law that could send Scooter Libby to prison. The American Civil Liberties Union slammed it as a "clearly unconstitutional infringement on the right of free speech." Morton H. Halperin, director of ACLU's Center for National Security Studies, not only promised to provide legal assistance to people who outed CIA agents, he also publicly stated that covert operations should be banned. Bill Clinton, a man who refused to lower himself to face-to-face daily CIA briefings, tried to appoint Mort Halperin to the Defense Department.
The liberal news media also did their very best. Just read the editorial page of the New York Times for March 22, 1982. Judith Millers employers declared that an angry, flag-waving Congress is making it a crime to print names the Government doesn't want published, even when they are derived from public sources. Last week the Senate refused to be outdone by the House in making the Intelligence Identities Protection Act offensive to the Bill of Rights.
The editorial concluded with a flourish. What happens when Congress thus ignores the Constitution? Courageous members will continue to fight the issue in House-Senate conference. Resourceful journalists will maintain their vigilance against official secrecy. Government can forbear and use its illegitimate power sparingly. All should hope the courts will wipe the law from the books.
The political lefts record on national security in general, and the CIA and the Intelligence Identities Protection Act in particular, is crystal clear. It takes gall, real gall, to pretend otherwise.
Very well said!
Dear Democrat Senator Scumbags;
Since the same intelligence used by Bill Clinton and EVERY sitting Democrat Senator in 1998 to justify bombing Iraq was part of the Bush Admins Intelligence used in 2003, please explain to me how "Bush lied" and YOU ALL did NOT?
If anyone LIED to us it was Bill Clinton and the Democrat Leadership when they developed this Intelligence in 1998. When can we expect the letters of resignation from ever member of the Democrat Senate Leadership over this "lie"?
Correctamundo Mr. Bozell
RE;# 5. It would be interesting to find out what other
information he was privy to via his wife.
That's a great question, but don't expect the MSM to ask it...they're just in the White House Press Briefings demanding to know why Rove hasn't been fired...what did Cheney know...when did Cheney know it...and they continually air that SOB Joe Wilson enjoying parades, awards, and the likes while getting away with his post-war lies in the N.Y. Times, the Nation, and so on...but he's the victim. I want to know why the CIA gave Robert Novak clearance to inform the public that Valerie Plame sent her husband on that trip to Niger...not Dick Cheney...and why people keep acting as if it was a crime! This is just BS!
P.S., did you see Brit Hume give Juan Williams a hose down of Fox News Sunday...LMAO...it was beautiful and it left that loudmouth speechless!
Following several years as a stringer, in 1953 he joined CBS News as one of the recruits of Edward R. Murrow (becoming part of the later generation of Murrow's Boys). In 1955, with the post-Stalin thaw in the Soviet Union, he received accreditation to open a CBS bureau in Moscow. In June 1957, he obtained an exclusive interview with Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Communist party chief. It aired on CBS's Face the Nation. Schorr left the Soviet Union later that year. When he applied for a new visa, it was denied by the Soviets. They offered no explanation.
In January 1962, he aired the first examination of everyday life under communism in East Germany, The Land Beyond the Wall: Three Weeks in a German City, which the New York Times called a "journalistic coup". After agreeing not to foster "propaganda" for the United States, Schorr was granted the rights to conduct the interviews in the city of Rostock. By airing everyday life, Schorr painted a picture of the necessity for a Communist state to seal itself off from the west in order to survive.
Schorr attracted the anger of the Nixon White House. In 1971, after a dispute with White House aides, Schorr's friends, neighbors, and co-workers were questioned by the FBI about his habits. They were told that Schorr was under consideration for a high-level position in the environmental area. Schorr knew nothing about it. Later, during the Watergate hearings, it was revealed that Nixon aides had drawn up a list of enemies, and Daniel Schorr was on that list. Famously, Schorr read the list aloud on live TV, surprised to be reading his own name in that context. Schorr won Emmys for news reporting in 1972, 1973, and 1974.
After Nixon's resignation, Schorr attracted controversy when he received and published the leaked Pike Commission's report about illegal CIA and FBI activities in 1976. Called to testify before Congress, he refused to identify his source on First Amendment grounds, risking imprisonment. This did not mollify CBS executives, and Schorr resigned his position in September 1976.
In 1979, Schorr was among the first hired by Ted Turner and Reese Schoenfeld to deliver commentary and news analysis on the fledgling Cable News Network (CNN). His contract was not renewed in 1985, one of the two times he claims to have been "fired." He then took the position that he currently holds, as Senior News Analyst at NPR.
In 1994, he narrated the TV miniseries, Watergate. In the late 1990s, he appeared briefly as a newscaster in three Hollywood movies; The Game, The Net, and The Siege.
During the Kennedy administration the President asked CBS to transfer Schorr, then CBS's correspondent in West Germany, because he felt Schorr's interpretations of American policy were pro-German. During the l964 election, Schorr's report that the Republican nominee Senator Barry Goldwater had formed an alliance with certain right-wing German politicians and was thinking of spending some time at Adolf Hitler's famous Berchtesgaden retreat caused a furor, and Schorr was ordered to make a "clarification."
Following Nixon's resignation Schorr was assigned to cover stories involving possible criminal CIA activities at home and abroad. Schorr soon achieved a scoop based upon on a tip he received about an admission by President Ford regarding CIA assassination attempts. The comment had come in an off-the-record conversation with the editors of the New York Times. Schorr's report forced the Rockefeller commission investigating the CIA to broaden its inquiry, and prompted an exclamation from former CIA chief Richard Helms referring to him as "Killer Schorr."
Soon after making these remarks, Schorr found himself at the center of a huge controversy involving both journalistic ethics and constitutional issues. Schorr came into possession of the Pike Congressional Committee's report on illegal CIA and FBI activities. Congress, however, had voted not to make the report public. In hopes of being able to publish the report Schorr contacted Clay Felker of the Village Voice, who agreed to pay him for it and to publish it. To Schorr's suprise, instead of supporting him, many of his colleagues and editorialists around the country excoriated him for selling the document. Making matters worse was Schorr's initial reaction, which was to shift suspicion from himself as the person who leaked the documents to his CBS colleague Leslie Stahl.
Schorr managed to turn opinion around when, after being subpoened to appear before a House Ethics committee, he eloquently defended himself on the grounds that he would not reveal a source. While this put off the congressional bloodhounds it certainly didn't satisfy some of the wolves at CBS, among whom was Chairman William S.Paley, who wanted Schorr fired. Schorr and CBS News executives resisted until the story of the internal dissension over Schorr's conduct broke during an interview he did with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes. As a result Schorr resigned from CBS News in September of l976. A year later he wrote about it all in his autobiographical account, Clearing the Air.
Subsequently Schorr toured on the lecture circuit, taught journalism courses, and wrote a syndicated newspaper column. In l979 hoping to give his new Cable News Network instant journalistic credibility, Ted Turner hired Schorr as a commentator. However, in l985 CNN refused to renew his contract. Schorr commented at the time that he had been "forced out" because, "They wanted to be a rid of what they considered a loose cannon." Since l985 Schorr has been a Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio. His reporting and commentary are heard on All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Daniel Schorr: Maintaining focus on Rove and Iraq war data
In this NPR commentary, Daniel Schorr urges listeners to remember that the issue at the heart of the Karl Rove / Valerie Plame / Matt Cooper controversy isn't a leak. This is about a war, and how an entire country was misled into supporting it.
July 15, 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor
Rove Leak is Just Part of Larger Scandal
by Daniel Schorr
Let me remind you that the underlying issue in the Karl Rove controversy is not a leak, but a war and how America was misled into that war.
In 2002 President Bush, having decided to invade Iraq, was casting about for a casus belli. The weapons of mass destruction theme was not yielding very much until a dubious Italian intelligence report, based partly on forged documents (it later turned out), provided reason to speculate that Iraq might be trying to buy so-called yellowcake uranium from the African country of Niger. It did not seem to matter that the CIA advised that the Italian information was "fragmentary and lacked detail."
In politics, no one is winning
The Christian Science Monitor
Last Updated 3:18 pm PDT Friday, October 21, 2005
WASHINGTON (CSM) - These are the dark days for the Republican establishment.
It is blamed for everything from a lagging White House response to Hurricane Katrina to high gas prices. Now majority leader Tom DeLay is under two indictments for misuse of campaign funds. Senate majority leader Bill Frist is under investigation on suspicion of insider trading in the stock of his family's chain of hospitals. And the investigation of the leak of the identity of a covert CIA agent has raised the question of whether laws protecting national security secrets were violated.
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