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The Politics of Dignity

June 29, 2006

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Guest: Robert Fuller, Author of “ALL RISE: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity”

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  • Mark Levine July 3, 2006 12:37 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me. You do NOT want newspapers to expose when the President breaks the law? If it were classified AND LEGAL, then the newspapers should generally let it lie. But when it’s classified and ILLEGAL, then the newspapers have an obligation to expose it.
    A lawless President is far more dangerous than any terrorist.
    Let this be a lesson to any U.S. President. If you want a program to be secret, make sure it is LAWFUL first. And the only way to do is to have legal authorization by law (passed by Congress) or by court (i.e. a search warrant authorized by the Constitution).
    P.S. I think this debate is best held on the entry on the Supreme Court holding. They seem to feel (by a narrow margin) that the President is not above the law. So I will repost my comments there.

  • Bravo to the NY Times July 3, 2006 9:18 am

    Abuse of power falls onto the blood-soaked shoulders of the leaders of this bogus Bush administration falsely put into power with intent on disturbing this government’s balance of power
    The more light we can shine on these scurrying termites–the better

  • Revoke their press pass July 3, 2006 5:01 am

    The issue at hand now is the NY Times and it’s admission that the program was classified (and legal) but exposed anyway. When they cite “public interest” does that mean they believe it will sell papers?
    Wasn’t it arrogant (and criminal) of Bill Keller (Ed of NYTimes) to make the decision as to what was classified and what was not classified? Could it be his personal hatred of Bush administration led him to grossly abuse his power?

  • Who is the sorry bastard that outed Mrs. Wilson? July 2, 2006 11:23 am

    I hope the irony is not lost on Dick Cheney when he lambasts the NY Times for disclosing secret intelligence inf-ormation