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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Dubya's administration takes care of that nasty 'secret prisons' problem.

Did the CIA shut down that international network of secret prisons that it uses to keep alleged terrorists out of the US courts, or to hold them while on the way to interrogation in countries that don't worry about anything as petty as human rights?

Nope. It just found out who told the press about the secret prisons and fired her for leaking classified information. According to NBC News, Mary McCarthy of the CIA inspector general's office may also face federal prosecution.

McCarthy allegedly met Washington Post reporter Dana Priest as many as a dozen times to pass on information about the CIA's secret prisons in eastern Europe. Earlier this month, Priest received a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on those prisons.

The action against McCarthy shows the real bankruptcy of the whole classification system in the US. Rather than being aimed at keeping important information out of the hands of hostile countries, it's increasingly obvious that the main purpose of classification is to keep 'inconvenient' information out of the hands of the US public. While leaks are routinely used by the government to bolster its political fortunes, anyone who leaks information that hurts the government politically can expect to lose their job and/or have the Justice Department come down on them like a ton of bricks.

We need to remember that Daniel Ellsburg's leak of secret documents about the Vietnam war in the early 1970s was illegal, too, and that — had the government been able to silence him and the newspapers that printed those documents — Richard Nixon would very likely have served his full second term. This magpie suggests that the the information about Iraq and the 'war on terror' leaked by McCarthy and others is potentially just as important, and that the punishment of the leakers serves only the partisan political purposes of Dubya's administration.

Via MSNBC.

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