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The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent

While we're waitng for the other shoe to drop, go read former Senator Gary Hart over at HuffPo on the crime of outing a CIA Agent.

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  • Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#1)
    by john horse on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    According to George Bush's daddy, when he was head of the CIA, outing a CIA agent is treason.

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#2)
    by Andreas on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    The CIA was and is one of the instruments of US imperialism. Gary Hart is a long-time representative of the American establishment. He supported the war on Iraq. It is no surprise that he also defends the Company and the reactionary Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#3)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    That's nice, but did outing Valerie Plame solve anything?

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    The CIA was and is one of the instruments of US imperialism.
    The CIA was and is a tool, like a hammer. It has no inherent moral qualty. It can be used for good or for ill, for reckless military adventurism or legitimate self defense. Valerie Plame worked on nuclear proliferation issues. Don't you think the United States has a legitimate, non-imperialist interest in such matters? An interest held in common with the rest of humanity . . .

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    Andreas-Yes that is true but now we get to eat our cake and have it too. Not too bad, eh?

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#6)
    by Andreas on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    @rea: Gary Hart is not only defending those within the CIA who are active in "nuclear proliferation issues". If you have not yet read "Inside The Company" you might want to do so. Which "nuclear proliferation" are you talking about? The US is the only country which has used nuclear weapons to kill people. It currently has thousands of nuclear weapons and it is threatening to use them.

    Re: The Crime in Outing a CIA Agent (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:28 PM EST
    Hart is defending, for instance, the legitimate tracking of nuclear materials, a process that is very seriously broken as a result of Bush and his CIA-breaking cronies, as rea said. That the US used nuclear weapons is moot, unless you think those rules are written on the wall and must be followed. That was FIFTY YEARS AGO, before there was a UN or even a Cold War to bring about a situation in 1963 where we now know two Russian sub captains gave the orders to light up the US, and we're only alive because a third captain countermanded. There have been other nuclear crises which are secret. But that's moot as well. The misuse of the (or a) CIA is a direct result of corporate profit motives. Those motives are not 'American' in any stretch of the imagination. You cannot find a single country in the world which is not involved in corporate profit motives, Andreas. Most countries have CIA-like agencies. Our problem is a lot bigger than your bigotry against America. It's bigger than feeling justified about your supposed higher standard of purity.