Friday, February 24, 2006

Whose Lips Are Looser?

I reported some time back that conservative bloggers were accusing Jay Rockefeller of being the person who "leaked" the NSA story to the New York Times last December. Rockefeller is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the chief agitator for committee hearings on the NSA's warrantless wiretap program, and the man who secretly (honoring his national security pledge) wrote the administration to raise concerns about that program (contrary to Republican claims that no one ever raised any objections).

In that context, it's fun to see Rockefeller lambasting Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte (more here) for his disingenuity in blaming other people for "leaks" when the White House itself is the biggest culprit!

This is especially fun to watch given the new Rasmussen poll showing, for the first time ever, that Americans trust Congressional Democrats more than they do President Bush to protect national security.

I'm watching Rockefeller closely. He has a lot of inside information, and he's spitting mad since Pat Roberts abused his trust. (More here and here.) Good things may be about to come from his office. I'm almost ready to forgive him for his vote on cloture!

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