• Who Asked for Leniency for Petraeus for Leaking Classified Material? It’s Classified

    April 30, 2015

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    Posted in: Iraq, Post-Constitution America

    Petraeus Resigns

    Sluts all.

    After selling America a bill of goods that he claimed won Iraq War 2.0 (i.e., “The Surge,” yeah, how’d that work out Dave?), General Dave went on to head the CIA, where he strongly supported long prison terms for whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou, claiming in the latter case that secrecy oaths “do matter.”

    Then of course when it became his turn, General Dave happily handed over higher classified data than either Manning or Kiriakou even had access to, all to his adulterous lover and so-called biographer, Paula Broadwell. How’s that for a two-fer, violating both his oath of secrecy and his oath of marriage in one soggy gesture?

    But this is America, where justice is blind and all. Right?

    So when when David Petraeus was sentenced last week to a mere two years of probation and a fine that is only a fraction of what he gets paid to make a speech these days, questions were asked. Why did Petraeus get off, so to speak, so easily?

    Apart from the general sleaze in Washington DC, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler said as part of the plea deal he received letters supporting leniency for the general. In fact, Keesler received nearly three dozen such letters, including some from “high-level military and government officials.”

    “The letters paint a portrait of a man considered among the finest military leaders of his generation who also has committed a grave but very uncharacteristic error in judgment,” Keesler said at the sentencing hearing.

    It might be interesting to see who in Washington supported a confessed leaker of highly-classified documents. But despite Petraeus’ light sentence being based in part on those letters, no one can see them. The letters were filed under seal by Petraeus’ lawyers, which the judge agreed to. No explanation was given by the lawyers or the judge about what public interest was served by keeping the authors and the contents of the support letters hidden.

    Several media outlets, from The Associated Press to The Washington Post, filed suit Monday with Keesler demanding that he unseal them. But unless the judge is also sleeping with Paula Broadwell (who, by the way, was never charged with unlawfully receiving classified documents) and also, um, leaks, we may never know.



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    • John Poole said...

      1

      Paula Broadwell of course! She should be charged with knowingly trafficing in state secrets? She fenced her ill gotten material for a big publishing payday. Send her to prison. Let Betrayus walk which he will most likely do anyway with an Obama pardon in 2016.

      04/30/15 10:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      “Broadwell?” You can’t make up these names.

      The willingness of the DOJ to make such a plea bargain is pretty much confirmation of the complete corruption of this administration. Sickening.

      04/30/15 10:44 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Only the paper leaks would count in court PVB. Other secretions and emissions don’t count even to Betrayus’s wife who seems to have been resting at ease during the affair.

      04/30/15 12:07 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

      4

      As usual in Bush Country, Poppy putsched it!

      04/30/15 12:21 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

      5

      This country – TDCOTOP – is a criminal state. Why would anyone expect justice from it?

      04/30/15 1:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Paula “All In” Broadwell is another laughable figure. Petreaus will be more remembered for his inability to keep his trousers secured, not to mention Iraq

      04/30/15 4:02 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Or to keep his pecker holstered outside battle zones. I think Patraeus’s wife is still at his side and the same for Paula Broadwell’s husband. Hillary set the standard for these types of heavily flawed humans.

      04/30/15 4:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Paula ‘All In’ Broadwell’s Twitter account has her citing “wife” and “mother” first in her list of self-identifiers, and further on in her dream list is “gender activist.”

      As if we all are to believe their pretense of domestic bliss, emotional intelligence, and dignity

      04/30/15 7:01 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      9

      I think he had mistress listed at one time and even ahead of wife but it had to be cut it- such is the world of Twitter.

      04/30/15 8:37 PM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

      10

      “Gender” activist? Dare I ask what that is?

      04/30/15 10:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      11

      Yes, Helen — as good as Miss Moneypenny or Pussy Galore.

      And yes, Kyzl, hypocrisy rules the day. Things are what we say they are, despite what we see they are.

      Fantasy books and films seem to rule the day, going hand-in-hand with our Peter Pan thinking.

      An aside:

      Peter, notice how similar the bigamists look? High and broad foreheads, slick do’s, and the general facial shape and rest of the features. I can imagine each gazing into the other’s eyes and seeing — himself.

      What a heady lot of narcissism.

      04/30/15 11:29 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      StarkNakedTruth: I’m female and I’d like to know as well. I think it’s her attempt to cast herself as an advocate of women’s rights — the Monica Lewinsky of our day

      As if women’s rights means enjoying the right to sleep with another woman’s husband.

      Wonder what Paula ‘All In’ Broadwell has to say on the issue of rape being covered up in our branches of government?

      Oops, guess she is not too into gender rights

      05/1/15 9:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Kyzl,

      It’s like the feminists who argue for a woman’s right to “star” in porn films, or to be a prostitute. They love the term “empowerment”, but one must ask, what is empowerment?

      Feminist Andrea Dworkin passionately argued against the “empowerment” model. Wealthy women do not choose to submit to doing skin flicks.

      The right to be a whore? Certainly men and women literally and figuratively prostitute themselves daily, so terms like “freedom” and “rights” should be clarified.

      By whom? The individual working within his legal system, I suppose.

      05/1/15 1:51 PM | Comment Link

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