A familiar pattern emerges

So now we have a potentially embarrassing leak about the immigration status of Obama’s aunt in the final days of the long campaign.  Is this what Dick Cheney has been working on?  It cropped up just before he emerged from his bunker to endorse his good buddy John Sidney McCain III for President.  The only source for this kind of information is ICE and somebody high up in this administration had to winkle this information out and find a way to leak it to the mainstream media.

The pattern is familiar.  A leak of  sensitive information appears in a foreign newspaper and then is picked up by the U.S. media.  This is eerily reminiscent of the story about Saddam Hussein trying to get yellowcake uranium from Niger  that surfaced in an Italian newspaper in the run-up to the Iraq invasion.  The cover-up of that leak led to the outing of a CIA agent.

The current case involves the immigration status of Barack Obama’s half-aunt who has reportedly sought asylum in the U.S.  The revelation of information about the immigration status of any asylum seeker is a clear violation of Federal law.

It should not be a surprise that the Bush administration has once again disregarded the law in pursuit of possible political gain.  Add this to the litany of crimes that the Bushies stand accused of — illegal wiretappng, torture, the Iraq war, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, ignoring Congressional subpoenas, outing a CIA agent, political firings in the DOJ — the list seems endless and somewhat daunting when one consider the scope of these violations of law and the Constitution.

Was this simply an attempt to embarrrass the Democratic candidate on the eve  of the election?  Did the leaker consider that this woman’s life could be endangered by leaking this information?   Or was she considered expendable in the pursuit of political ends, i.e., clinging to power by any and all means available?

Many of us have farflung relatives that we have limited or perhaps no contact with, Obama perhaps more than most since he has a large extended family in Kenya that he did not know growing up.  So why attack Obama by leaking information about his grandfather’s half sister if not to influence the outcome of the Presidential election?   This is a despicable and cowardly ploy directed toward a private person who could suffer harm as a result of these revelations.

I hope that the leaker from within the bowels of this administration is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  Somebody should be punished for this despicable act.

Source:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/politics/bal-aunt1102,0,3934586.story?track=rss

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