I wish the Fates would stop reading The Onion and making things happen accordingly. The whole thing is like Hogan’s Heroes, the ’60s sitcom set in a WWII POW camp: even when it’s sort of funny, it’s mostly creepy.
Consider the latest sequence:
Subpoena [Novak] and the other reporters. Find out what happened. If somebody leaked, fire ’em. It’s easy and it’s fast, and it’s legal. [snip] You can’t have a special rule on this for journalists, because journalists don’t have special First Amendment rights, and anyway everyone is a journalist now, thanks to the Internet. This will be disturbing to professional journalists, but I don’t see an alternative. And this is a national security leak, in wartime, right?
4. Lindsay Graham, Strom Thurmond’s handpicked successor, points out that the question of whether the United States should run a gulag is a wee bit more important than the question of who let the secret out. Graham says: “Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. The real story is those jails.”
8. Cheney won’t discuss the torture-exemption question in public, and the White House press geek insists that the exemption is important but won’t say just what it is that it’s so important the CIA be allowed to continue to do to prisoners that it wouldn’t be allowed to do if the bill passes.
Footnote Yes, you can take it as fact that those secret prisons in Eastern Europe were set up on GWB’s watch.
Update Just in case you thought Lindsay Graham was the good guy here, Graham is also pushing a bill to abolish habeas corpus as it applies to “enemy combatants.” How Graham intends to square this with Article 1, Section 9 — The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. — is beyond me.