The observations of a 50 something with lots of experience in politics, government, life and learning.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

What is the world coming to?

I know I "should" write about the bombings in London. They're horrible. Luckily I have heard that my four closest friends, Peter and Amy and David and Gayle are all ok (Gayle is actually in the US visiting her dad...) so that is a great joy. I tried to remember that when I walked in and saw that the puppy had eaten not ONE but THREE couch cushions.

But what I really want to write about is the Judith Miller thing. I'm sorry, and beat me with a wet noodle if I've lost my liberal credentials, but I don't think that she has any right under the constitution to protect someone who "outed" a CIA undercover agent. Those articles endangered Ms. Plame and her associates. I think wrapping yourself in the First Amendment in this case is inappropriate.

OK guys, let 'er rip.....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There certainly needs to be a balance between preserving the privacy of a whistle blower, and those who have committed criminal acts. Outting an American spy is treasonous, and criminal. I don't care which administration is in power. Yes, journalists should be able to protect their sources, when the source's life is endangered by the information they have given, and the information leaked is not a criminal act. When the source leaks information that is classified, and should remain so for the protection of those involved, such as the name of one of our intelligence operatives, then the source of this information should be revealed.

In essence I agree with you. Sorry about the cushions. And yes, the London bombing was a horrible incedent.

Be well,