July 9, 2016
By George Parry As a criminal defense lawyer who has been forced by unfortunate circumstances to champion any number of hopeless causes, I wish to express my professional admiration for FBI Director James Comey's creative and, dare I say it, "Clintonian" public exoneration of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The FBI investigated Clinton for possible violations of a criminal statute that makes it a felony for anyone lawfully possessing information pertaining to the national defense to allow it, through "gross negligence," to be removed from its proper place of custody and disclosed.
March 3, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton has expressed a fondness for House of Cards , but if the Netflix drama loves her back, it has a funny way of showing it. Over three seasons, we've seen the show's Hillary stand-in, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), morph from Lady Macbeth into a first lady determined to exercise power directly, and not just through her husband, Frank (Kevin Spacey), whose rise to the presidency upset the balance in what she'd assumed to be a marriage of equals. There are the usual number of not-to-be-revealed OMG moments in Season 4, which launches Friday on Netlfix, but I think it's safe to say it opens with Frank and Claire still very much at odds and with her laying the groundwork for a separate political future.
June 13, 2013
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck calls Edward Snowden a "hero," while Republican House Speaker John Boehner calls the domestic-espionage whistle-blower a "traitor. " Who's right? Maybe both of them. Snowden is like a stick of Doublemint, which in old TV commercials was described as "two gums in one. " It's hard to label him because of the way he chose to make an important point about the constitutionally questionable methods being used to guard America against terrorist attacks.
June 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The U.S. government monitors threats to national security with the help of nearly 500,000 people like Edward Snowden - employees of private firms who have access to the government's most sensitive secrets. When Snowden, an employee of one of those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton, revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs, he spotlighted the risks of making so many employees of private contractors a key part of the U.S. intelligence apparatus. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, called Snowden's leak "gut wrenching.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton against unsubstantiated allegations that her family has ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, repudiating charges leveled by another Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann. In a speech on the Senate floor, McCain praised the work and patriotism of Huma Abedin, a State Department employee who has been a constant presence at Clinton's side. Without mentioning Bachmann by name, McCain assailed the attacks on Abedin, a Muslim, as an example of ignorance and fear that defames the spirit of the nation.
April 29, 2012 |
The e-mail arrived in the late afternoon of March 30. The subject line read: INVITATION. It looked like spam and I was about to delete it, but something caught my eye in the preview window. A seal of some sort. The White House. Like any registered voter, I receive e-mails all the time from Barack, Michelle, Joe, and Jill. This was different. I wasn't being asked to donate or host a gathering in my home. I was invited to their home, for a signing of the JOBS Act. I reacted in a manner consistent with the maturity and grace I have cultivated in my 43 years of life.
November 10, 2009 |
With unemployment up yet again, it must be reassuring to Americans that job-seeking veterans are being helped so much by the government, and by all those Web-based organizations with such names as VetJobs.com, MilitaryHire.com, RecruitMilitary.com, HireVeterans.com, and Military Job Zone. Except that they're not. Remember the expression "Don't forget; hire the vet"? We've forgotten. In fact, most of our job-seeking heroes get little or no help from the public or private sector.
March 24, 2006 |
THE BUSH administration is at it again - continuing its war on "gay terror. " Already unwilling to undo "don't ask, don't tell," it now apparently wants to keep gays and lesbians away from top-secret info. According to news reports, the administration, while not flat-out denying security clearances "solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual," removed policy language that sexual orientation "may not be used as a basis for or a disqualifying factor" in determining eligibility for clearance.
March 14, 2006
THE CIA HAS given Scooter Libby a "Get out of jail" card. The CIA claims that copying 400 daily briefing papers for the president would take up to nine months. We know that the copying itself would not take this long, even if the briefing papers ran to 20 pages apiece. So, it must be that the effort of blacking out the items that the judge is not authorized to review that causes the problem. Perhaps this problem could be avoided by obtaining a security clearance for the judge. Surely, this shouldn't be a problem for a federal judge who has passed muster with our illustrious and quick-witted GOP Congress.
October 19, 2005
"Blog" is short for "Web log," a diary on the Internet. Blogs can be endless and self-indulgent, or thoughtful and challenging. "Blog Cabin" offers a selection from recent high-profile blogs. Sic Semper Tyrannis 2005 http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/ I had many levels of security clearance during my long government life. . . . I understood that with that access came an obligation to the state to protect the secrets of the American government. This obligation was entered into freely as a member of "the team.