Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Okay, maybe I can't leave it yet

I just came across this via Raw Story, quoting Secrecy News, a blog of the Federation of American Scientists.

On Friday, Bush signed into law legislation implementing recommendations of the 8/11 Commission. He surely wasn't happy about all the provisions, but he signed it.

One such provision required making public the formerly-secret national intelligence budget. On Monday, GOPper Rep. Darrell Issa of California filed an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act that would undo the requirement to reveal the intelligence budget. Democrat and antiwar hero Rep. John Murtha announced the amendment was accepted. No discussion. No debate. No chance for dissent.

The matter now goes to a House-Senate conference. Considering what just happened with FISA, I have no confidence any Democrat is going to go to the wall to maintain a bill to reveal what previously had been classified information. This is the Democratic Party on which we are supposed to bank our future.

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