10
Nov
2005

Taking a leak but being picky

Slate
by Jack Shafer

11/09/05

Republican leaders Sen. William Frist and Speaker Dennis Hastert are demanding a congressional investigation into Washington Post reporter Dana Priest's Nov. 2 Page One revelation about 'black sites' -- the secret prisons where the CIA stashes and interrogates some of its 'most important al Qaeda' suspects. ... But the duo doesn't want Congress to get to the bottom of the establishment of a terrorist prison system. They're not concerned with the administration's concealment of the system from nearly all members of Congress charged with oversight of the CIA's covert operations. They don't want to be bothered to scrutinize the legality of a network of jails that holds terrorists and terrorist suspects in perpetuity and in secret. And they don't seem to care that the administration may have encouraged foreign nations to violate the international human rights treaty, which the United States has signed and which prohibits such jails. No, Frist and Hastert want the leakers unmasked...

//www.slate.com/id/2129928/


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