Jane Harman and Porter Goss

Was that leak an act of revenge?

Laura Rozen thinks Porter Goss’s fingerprints are all over the leak about Jane Harman’s supposed attempt to obstruct justice in the AIPAC “spying” case (just dismissed).

According to Rozen, some of the factual premises underlying the original story were simply false. Gonzales supposedly went easy on Harman because he needed her help in keeping the NSA domestic-spying scandal out of the papers. But in fact the story had already run when the purported intercept took place.

Has the press allowed itself, once again, to be played? (If not by Goss and his friends, then by the FBI agents enraged that their case fell apart.)

Think about this story the next time someone tries to tell you about the power of the “Israel lobby” to suppress unfavorable stories.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com