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  •  The word "transparency"... (0+ / 0-)

    Either the government does bad things in secret, like spying, or they do bad things in front of God and everybody, ie: The Sequester.

    I am thrilled with the fallout but I would caution people about any internal itch to commend the FBI for anything. They aren't really interested in transparency and are among the law enforcement agencies that like as many ways aroung the 4th as they can get.

    It has defined the FBI historically, let us all remember the Church Committee and how their recommendations were trashed by the PATRIOT Act and other 'fallout" from 9/11 and the Cheney Administration's masterful exploitation of it.

    It is wrong for Americans to be comfy with this.

    •  not a comment on the FBI (3+ / 0-)
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      xxdr zombiexx, skohayes, Sylv

      it's a comment on Obama visibly picking Comey because he supposedly argued with Ashcroft et al. over TIA.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:33:01 AM PDT

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      •  Oooh..... I know who you're talking about now (1+ / 0-)
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        Sylv

        That incident goes way back into the heart of  the Bush Darkness.

        The name just didn't click until you said that.

      •  So many nefarious incidents from that era (2+ / 0-)
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        Obama praises FBI director nominee Comey for integrity

        In 2004, White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House chief of staff Andy Card tried to persuade Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was ill with acute pancreatitis, to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program while in his hospital bed. Comey, who was Ashcroft's top deputy and acting attorney general at the time, learned of Gonzales and Card's plan and rushed to Ashcroft's hospital room, along with Mueller.

        Both threatened to resign if the White House renewed the program. As a result, it was not reauthorized.

        "He was prepared to give up the job he loved, rather that be a part of something that he felt was fundamentally wrong," Obama said.

        Now they preside over it?
        •  still a very sharp PR move (5+ / 0-)
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          xxdr zombiexx, skohayes, duhban, Sylv, a2nite

          and on the face of it, he coulda done a lot worse.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:47:13 AM PDT

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          •  Well its these things that add to my frustration (1+ / 0-)
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            Obama is so capable of doing things in the way I think they should be done: its why I voted for him.

             I believe he can do more proper things and wonder why politics prevents such.

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