Do as we say…

Roger Ailes [*] has found a written directive from the Bush Administration on how agencies that handle classified information should deal with unauthorized disclosures.

Departments and agencies should continue to report these crimes to the Department of Justice under established reporting requirements, and should not delay their internal investigations pending the Department’s prosecutorial decision on the matter, unless the Attorney General directs otherwise in a particular case.

Read the whole thing. A comparison of Attorney General Ashcroft’s order with the actual behavior of the White House in the Valerie Plame affair is instructive. Note also that Ashcroft proposes a statute that would force official suspect of leaking to execute sworn statements as to whether or not they did, in fact, leak. But in this instance, where all the suspects serve at the pleasure of the President, much the same result could be achieved without any new law.

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: