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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald: Threatening Administration critics with criminal prosecution

Yesterday?s report that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the disclosure of the Administration?s illegal surveillance program should come as no surprise. Wielding threats of criminal prosecution against those who speak out against the Administration is not a new tactic.
 
After the first Bush Treasury Secretary, Paul O?Neill, was fired, he became the primary source for Ron Suskind?s book, The Price of Loyalty, which was sharply critical of the Administration, revealing, among other things, that Bush had been pining for a war to oust Saddam since well before 9/11 ("from the very beginning"), and depicting Bush as a highly disengaged Chief Executive.
 
Within twenty-four hours, literally, the media was full of leaked stories claiming that O?Neill had violated laws and regulations governing the use of classified information, darkly suggesting that he had broken the law by giving certain documents to Suskind which were classified and that he was under investigation for possible crimes:
 
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Saturday, December 31, 2005 

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