Jane Harman Wiretap Story

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by mactastic, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    This story has been rather quietly bubbling up over the last few days, probably due to the release of the torture memos.
    Where to even begin with something like this...

    First of all, the irony that Harman, who defended the warrantless wiretapping program, is now hoisted by her own petard by being caught up in a warrantless wiretap. I wonder if she still feels that if you've got nothing to hide, why worry?

    Next we've got the issue of Harman using her position as a member of the HoR to apply pressure to the Times to not publish this story -- a story that could quite possibly have influenced the 2004 elections had it been published prior to November 2004 as the Times was planning. Obviously there is no way to know if publication of this story would have changed things, but it is within the realm of possibility.

    And that's before we get into the issues of whether Harman did anything illegal in terms of a quid pro quo; and whether it was proper for Alberto Gonzales to put a hold on a potential prosecution of a possibly illegal act because he wanted Harman as a political ally.

    It also raises the question of whether any other members of Congress have been caught up in these Bush-era wiretaps.

    It also begs the question of who is leaking this now, and why? The obvious answer is that someone is attempting to politically embarrass a high-ranking Democrat; but in doing so they appear to be willing to hang Gonzales out to dry as well, which calls into question a solely partisan motive. And now that Nancy Pelosi is being dragged into this publicly as well, it appears the damage may go beyond the initial names floated in connection with this story.

    One thing is for sure, this story is far from over. Whether it will lead to a revisiting of these broad-scope spying powers remains to be seen, as does whether Harman survives this politically (I know I won't be too sad if she doesn't), and whether it revives the debate over the Bush Justice Department being used as a political arm of the Republican Party. No one involved is looking good at the moment...
  2. Gelfin macrumors 68020


    Sep 18, 2001
    Denver, CO

    Actually, the irony runs a little deeper: Harman said warrantless wiretaps were legal and necessary to national security, but her
    warranted wiretap is a despicable outrage.


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