Friday, January 20, 2006

Pentagon Analyst Gets 12 Years for Disclosing Data - New York Times

Trying to figure out what the fucking charges actually were is damn-near impossible:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 - A federal judge sentenced a former Defense Department analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, to more than 12 years in prison today after Mr. Franklin admitted passing classified military information to two pro-Israel lobbyists and an Israeli diplomat.

How convenient that Gonzalez does a press conference for a massive eco-terrorism case on the same day that one of Bush's main neocons get jailed for 12 years for what clearly should have been treason convictions.

UPDATE: Upon my second reading of this standarup markup - this time from al Jazeera - something jumped out at me - why the fuck is a federal judge working so hard to pimp for the defendent in the case?

Why is a federal judge covering for a traitor? Calling the crimes of Lawrence Franklin anything less than treason is outrageous, but the judge had this to say:

The defendant did not seek to hurt the United States. He thought he was helping to bring certain information to the attention of the security council.

Call me crazy, but it sure does seem like this judge is saying that breaking the law in matters of national security - committing treason, even - is not so bad, as long as your intentions are good. He committed treason to get the NSA to pay attention to his wild claims? Is the judge serious with this shit? I mean, committing treason sure seems to be one good way to get the NSA to sit up and take notice of you, but is it the right thing to do? This press release makes it seem as though Franklin didn't know anybody in the Pentagon - he was just some low-level trying to save America from the Great Satan, even though he was tight with Rummy and all manner of fellow neocons at the highest levels of our government. Fuckin apologists for treason.

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