In the movie, ‘Absence of Malice’ the title refers to the legal definition of libel defamation and is used in journalism classes to illustrate the conflict between disclosing damaging personal information and the public’s right to know.
Tomorrow the Obama administration is going to release 400 pages of a redacted 6,000 page report costing the US taxpayer $40 M about water torture of our enemies under President George W. Bush’s administration, which we are well familiar with unless you were hiding under a rock at the time, despite possibly putting some CIA operatives and others in harm’s way as a result of the disclosure.
And if you compare what Obama is doing today, killing the enemy with Drones V water torture for information where the enemy survives and the nation gains valuable intelligence, information that allowed us to kill bin Laden, well . . . I’ll allow you to make your own judgment as to what is right.
Technically the report will be released by Sen. Diane Feinstein Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but as we well know if the president said not to issue the report it wouldn’t be issued, but he has apparently selected to ignore the risks that have been defined and warned globally.
Obama’s own secretary of state John Kerry requested the release be delayed. Obama want’s it released for obvious political reasons, realizing that after the first of the year with a GOP controlled Congress the report would never be released.
Nevertheless President Obama is willing to put CIA operatives, diplomats and military in harm’s way for what has become an obvious political modus operandi
This presidency has been all about politics and the destruction of a democracy.
Yes malice is inflicting harm weighing the people’s right to know and as commander in chief balancing the risks of those still in harm’s way.
The people already know what took place, so what is it that Obama is accomplishing other than malice?
And so where else has this political malice reared its ugly head in this administration with a lack of transparency: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA spying, investigating journalists, foreign policy, IRS scandal, wars, racism, and Obamacare?
The morale of our military is in a state of decline, there is little respect for the leadership of this nation globally, people in the US believes Obama inflames racism, the three major networks continue to tank for Obama’s failures and the recent results of the mid-term elections reflect the people’s opinions on all of the above.
And now is malice entering the Obama administration’s political motives at the risk of further American lives in the twilight years of his legacy?