Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) wants to launch an investigation into all the Bush administration's unseemly activities, such as - firing 8 U.S. attorneys, wiretapping without warrants, and misleading the public about those weapons of mass destruction. Leahy would call his investigation a "Truth Commission."
Leahy said "a person or group" of "fair-minded" individuals could be authorized to "find the truth." Leahy suggested the process could involve subpoena powers and the authority to obtain immunity from prosecutors. "Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened," he said.
I'm going to hazard a guess that the group of "fair-minded" individuals conducting the investigation would consist of far more Democrats than Republicans. Maybe I'm just overly cynical when it comes to political motivations. And maybe I'm not.
But it sounds cool to me. I'm all for the truth. I only have one real caveat...I'm for the WHOLE truth, not the narrower version of the truth Pat Leahy would like to pursue.
If Leahy is going to investigate the Bush administration for these activities, it would only be logical and "fair-minded" to investigate the prior Clinton administration as well. After all, Bush fired 8 U.S. attorneys. Bill Clinton fired 93 U.S. attorneys, including some who were investigating Clintonistas and zeroing in on the Whitewater investigation. Bush wiretapped suspected international terrorists without warrants following 9/11 in an attempt to fend off any future attacks. Clinton monitored ALL electronic communications without warrants (Project Echelon). Bush said Saddam had WMD. Clinton said Saddam had WMD. Bush used the CIA rendition program. Clinton STARTED the CIA rendition program. Bush went to war in Iraq. Clinton launched attacks against Iraq, and also made the policy of the USA toward Iraq one of regime change with the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act.
I wonder if Leahy and his Truth Commission are interested in THAT much truth. I have a sneaking suspicion they aren't.
As a matter of fact, Leahy himself "misled" the American public about those Iraqi WMD's back in 1998, and again in 2002, when he said:
"The Iraqi regime has already invaded Iran and Kuwait, gassed members of its own population, and repeatedly flouted international conventions against armed aggression. It is clear that Iraq has tried to develop a range of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, with which Iraq might threaten the entire Gulf region."
Will Leahy investigate himself ? Inquiring minds want to know.
I'm also wondering if Pat Leahy is the right man to head up the Truth Commission. I mean, after all, he did commit treason several times during the 1980's. When Leahy was on the Senate Intelligence Committee, he leaked classified information on several occasions, earning himself the nickname "Leaky Leahy." He was forced to resign from the Intelligence Committee over it. Leahy's lucky he wasn't a Republican, or he'd probably have been prosecuted, like Scooter Libby was. Here's a summary of Leaky Leahy's activities:
Senator Pat Leahy was annoyed with the Reagan administration's war on terrorism in the 1980s. At the time he was vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
- "Leaky Leahy," allegedly threatened to sabotage classified strategies he didn't like.
- Leahy ‘inadvertently' disclosed a top-secret communications intercept during a 1985 television interview. The intercept … made possible the capture of the Arab terrorists who had hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered American citizens. Leahy's report is thought to have cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative involved in the operation.
- In July 1987, it was reported that Leahy leaked secret information about a 1986 covert operation planned by the Reagan administration to topple Libya's Moammar Gaddhafi. U.S. intelligence officials said Leahy, along with the Republican panel chairman, sent a written threat to expose the operation directly to then-CIA Director William Casey. Weeks later, news of the secret plan turned up in the Washington Post, causing it to be aborted.
- A year later, as the Senate was preparing to hold hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal, Leahy had to resign his Intelligence Committee post after he was caught leaking secret information to a reporter.
He should have been indicted, tried and sentenced.
Leahy's Iran-Contra leak was considered to be one of the most serious breaches of secrecy in the Intelligence Committee's 10-year history.
Maybe we can find a better arbiter of truth than Pat Leahy, the traitor who leaked classified information and undermined his country because he didn't like President Reagan's pursuit of terrorism.
Maybe we can find someone a little MORE "fair-minded." Someone who actually cares about the truth ahead of partisan politics. Pat Leahy is not that guy.
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