Justice finally seeks justice

The Justice Department finally is making headway in the case of the anonymous leaker who exposed the secret NSA wiretaps of phone conversations of Al Qaeda associates that were switched through or to the US phone network. Here, hopefully stripped of most of Michael Isikoff’s Bush-bashing cant, from Newsweek via memeorandum:

last week […] a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer. The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm’s desktop computer, two of his children’s laptops and a cache of personal files. Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two legal sources who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case told NEWSWEEK the raid was related to a Justice criminal probe into who leaked details of the warrantless eavesdropping program to the news media. The raid appears to be the first significant development in the probe since The New York Times reported in December 2005 that Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents without court warrants. (At the time, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said of the leak: “This is really hurting national security; this has really hurt our country.”)

It’s about time! If a plain reading of the Constitution can be trusted, whoever committed this leak is guilty of treason. That’s a serious enough offense that the Justice Department ought to be chasing it down.

This isn’t widely blogged as a victory for the good guys, but should be. By the way, lots of good stuff in the comments here.

For an opposing views, see typical leftist echo-chamber. Hello… hello… hello… helloooooooo. Nobody home.

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4 responses to “Justice finally seeks justice

  1. Justice may be excused for being slow and blind. If it is final.

  2. I loved Vhailor’s line.

    Justice is not blind.

    For I am her eyes.

    Planescape Torment source

  3. What remains to be done is to write an exploration of how Justice and the CIA have become so strongly politicized that they are serving as a rival to Presidential power within his own branch of the government. I think that it really started getting bad with BCCI, the Georgia mafia of Carter, Lance, and Young, and Bill Casey, and their pernicious influence on the entire executive branch.

  4. Just another Praetorian Guard in my view. Parade troops. Or in this case, not even that.