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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The New Face of Treason

Modern treason puts political party and ideology above country.

I grew up as a spy fan during the cold war, where traitors betrayed their own country to an enemy country. But these days, modern American treason betrays country to a political party or ideology.

This is exactly what happened with the Plame betrayal; the Bush administration (Dick Cheney's wing, most likely) outed a CIA agent to further the neo-con agenda of invading Iraq.

Well, it looks like it happened again:

Bush administration denies leaking al Qaeda video

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Tuesday denied leaking an Osama bin Laden video obtained by a private terrorism monitoring group which said the leak had exposed its surveillance methods and potentially closed a window on al Qaeda.

Private monitoring firm SITE Institute said in a Washington Post article that its years-long efforts to monitor al Qaeda communications had been set back after government agencies prematurely leaked to the media a pre-release video of bin Laden last month.

"Techniques that took years to develop are now ineffective and worthless," SITE founder Rita Katz told the Post.

The White House denied it had leaked the video but said the issue was a cause for concern and an investigation would be needed to determine what happened. The office of the Director of National Intelligence said U.S. intelligence agencies were not involved.
Of course the Bush administration is pledging to investigate and find the leaker.

Don't hold your breath.

You can bet they are going to lower the cone of silence and the full truth of this will never come to light.

But we can make a pretty good speculation since this totally fits the pattern of the Bush administration that we've become familiar with: they released a piece of intelligence, timed to help their cause. In this case, it was the Petraeus report timed with the anniversary of 911 to get the maximum boost of fear.

It's time for Americans to change their stereotype of traitors -- they are no longer secret commies or money grubbing secret leakers. The modern American traitor is a political operative within our own government.

The producers of "24" need to get up-to-speed and do a season about modern treason.

Wouldn't it be satisfying to see Jack Bauer slapping around a spoiled, self-serving Karl Rove-like character?

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