Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Monday, October 13, 2003
The Washington Post on Sunday promoted (without attribution) an idea first proposed in the blogosphere by Mark Kleiman. Kleiman's idea is essentially to smoke out the Plame leaker by requiring all senior White House aides to verify, under oath, that they did not leak the story and don't know who did. The leaker's defense, if found, is likely to be that he didn't realize the covert nature of Plame's position. Someone planning to fall back on that defense, and optimistic about its effectiveness, might well stop at signing such a statement - perjury would in some ways be much easier to convict on than a violation of the Intelligence Identities Act.. So there is a real chance that this strategy could identify the culprit immediately.
Bush will avoid this if he can, of course. But if the idea leaks out from the blogosphere into the general public, it will be hard to justify not taking this step.