This Week: Gonzales, Edwards, Round Table
I would like to thank the Associated Press for providing prompt coverage of the only important news from today's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.
The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly.
"There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. "We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that our national security is protected."
"Our" of course mean's "George Bush's and my" as the only security Speedy "Abu Al" Gonzales has any interest in protecting. This is probably the most dangerous man in Washington, America and possibly the world right now. He has the inestimable advantage of looking like a nice reasonable guy, unlike Cheney who looks like a just post-op Darth Vader and should really take up wearing a mask, and Bush who just looks like the brain-damaged cokehead twitch he is.
Gonzales just reasonably, politely, for our own good, repealed the First Amendment. Interestingly enough, the New York Times had this story up in their "AP/Reuters" downpage box barely half an hour after ThisWeek ended. It isn't there any more. And they don't have a story of their own up yet (as of circa noon CDT) despite the fact that their paper's name and employees were specifically cited by both George and Abu, er Al, as targets of this post-First Amendment prosecution. Way to go NYT.
John Edwards had some nice things to say about poverty, and even better things to say about why people should vote for Democrats this fall and in '08: At Least We'll Quit Making Things Worse. Frankly that's a slogan I can live with although it has the disadvantage of being the naked, honest truth, which does not seem in favor with the American populace at the moment if indeed it ever was.