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By Geoff Metcalf

November 29, 2006

�Arrogance rides triumphantly through the gates, barely glancing at the old woman about to cut the rope and spring shut the trap.� --Mason Cooley

To hear Sen. Patrick J. Leahy cry for classified documents is kinda like Michael Jackson demanding to open a daycare facility.

There are consequences to the things we do and don't do in life. My son and my hunting dog understand that�Congress does not.

  • The GOP leadership abandoned core principles and alienated a sufficient portion of the electorate to precipitate a power shift in Congress.
  • Democrats took control of congress by offering atypical 'blue dog' conservative democrats to score the win.
  • UberLiberal Nancy Pelosi scored the powerful House Speaker mantle and immediately started to squander her good fortune. o Her premature support of Murtha resulted in an immediate loss (rebuke) and she still didn't smell the coffee.
  • Alcee Hastings was impeached and thrown off the bench by an overwhelming majority of the very same congressional democrats who are now apparently supporting him to take over the powerful House Intelligence Committee.

Hypocrisy: "the act or practice of pretending to be what one is not or to have principles or beliefs that one does not have." Gee, that definition seems to not only crystallize the current status of the U.S. Senate, but also, defines the 'new' Democrat leadership.

Senate Democrats are salivating over their longstanding demands for documents related to the detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and other matters involving government secrecy�yada-yada-yada. Like the refrain from the 'Queen' song, they "want it ALL...and they want it NOW..."

Sen. Leahy, who will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Justice Department to release two newly acknowledged documents, which set U.S. policy on how terrorism suspects are detained and interrogated.

Leahy wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales demanding the production of any revisions and analyses of memos. "The American people deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush administration in developing the interrogation policies and practices that have engendered such deep criticism and concern at home and around the world,� Leahy wrote.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Leahy used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Leahy claimed he �inadvertently� exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt�s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists. That supposed slip of the tongue �cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.�

'Loose Lip' Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press. However today he prepares to take over the Senate Judiciary committee. Congress� institutional memory must be shorter than some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours. Jim Korui wrote in a recent column, "Having him serve as the chairman of that committee is the next best thing to having an Al-Qeada mole onboard."

Kouri noted that �most intelligence and law enforcement officers are concerned about having a man -- who admits if he disagrees with a classified operation he will spill the beans -- given complete access to secrets.� This guy is dangerous�way dangerous.

Back in the 80s Leahy was ticked off with Reagan and threatened to sabotage classified strategies that didn�t conform to the gospel according to Leak Leahy�s Leftist sycophants.

In a 1985 TV interview Leahy disclosed a top-secret communications intercept. The intercept had made possible the capture of the Arab terrorists who had hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered American citizen. But Leahy's leak cost the life of at least one Egyptian "asset" involved in the operation.

In July 1987, it was reported Leahy leaked secret information about a 1986 covert operation planned by the Reagan administration to topple Libya's Moammar Gaddhafi. US intelligence officials stated that Leahy sent a written threat to expose the operation directly to then-CIA Director William Casey. Weeks later, news of the secret plan turned up in the Washington Post, causing it to be aborted.

A year later, as the Senate was preparing to hold hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal, Leahy had to resign his Intelligence Committee post after he was caught (again) leaking secret information to a reporter. Leahy�s leak was considered to be one of the most serious breaches of secrecy in the committee's then 28-year history.

After Leahy's resignation, the Senate Intelligence Committee decided to restrict access to committee documents.

And this is the guy who has the stones to now scream for access to classified material he has already demonstrated he is incapable of handling.

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Patrick Leahy is the most egregious personification of the petty, mean spirited partisan hack. A guy who is more concerned about partisan politics and scoring points than protecting national security. To compare him to slugs would be a great disservice to slugs.

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There are consequences to the things we do and don't do in life. My son and my hunting dog understand that�Congress does not.