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Trust You? I Don’t Think So.

The NYTimes has an editorial today detailing the reasons they see for not trusting the Bush Administration.

— Domestic spying
— Guantanimo and all those black ops sites
— The war in Iraq

Seems to me they’ve missed a few things.

Speaking of the black ops sites, the SundayTimesUK has an article on why Robert Grenier, former head of the CIA counter-terrorism center, was fired. Seems he had an ethical problem with torture and secret prisons, and the Bush Administration didn’t like his criticism, so they Shensecki’ed him.

Larry Johnson points out another good reason not to trust President Bush and his malignant band of cronies: an Administration where national security leaks are only dangerous when they make the President look bad. The Administration has been awfully quick to leak information to discredit its critics or to try and stop a poll number freefall or to shore up support with cherry-picked intelligence information, and Larry provides several examples at No Quarter.

You know the Administration is on shaky ground when even the WSJ is calling Dick Cheney’s leaking tactics sleazy.

The implication from the disclosure that Mr. Libby had authority to discuss sensitive intelligence matters with the press "is that the White House — the vice president — has been using his declassification authority as a way to advance the administration’s political agenda," said Mr. Aftergood. "In other words, information that supports the administration’s position on Iraq or whatever is selectively declassified and other information is not. That’s not a criminal offense, but it’s kind of sleazy."

What else did the NYTimes miss? How about the disastrous response to Katrina — and the fact that lessons still don’t seem to have been learned. The WaPo has more today regarding a scathing report that will be issued shortly from the House.

"If 9/11 was a failure of imagination then Katrina was a failure of initiative. It was a failure of leadership," the report’s preface states. "In this instance, blinding lack of situational awareness and disjointed decision making needlessly compounded and prolonged Katrina’s horror."

A report that details 90+ failures at all levels of government — from the President on down. Should be interesting to see the WH response on this one — will Chertoff be the next Bush-ite to fall on his sword for the team? The President has been running his disaster response team via staffing from Crony, Inc., at what point is he going to be held accountable for it?

Environment? Well, the Bush Administration is moving…again…to sell off large chunks of national forest land. Despite the fact that Congress has rebuffed this idea repeatedly. Trust them…it’s not for the benefit of timber cronies…really.

There is so much more. So very much more. Thought we could compile a list — I’ll update this post as we hit the high points low, low points of this Administration.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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