Monday, April 24, 2006

Plug the Leaks?

The recent firing of the CIA employee who leaked classified information to the Washington Post regarding secret detention centers is a tough issue for some to take a stance on, and therefore some people are supporting both sides*. On the one hand, respecting the confidentiality of government information to ensure the security of our country is very important. No employee should feel free to divulge classified information whenever they disagree with a policy. In that respect, the employee’s firing appears justified.

At the same time though, I am outraged that our President feels he can flaunt international law, along with moral laws most in this country support. I am glad that the United States public, and the world along with us, found out about this abhorrent policy so that pressure might convince the President to give up this practice.

In the end, I think my desire to know information like this outweighs my support for the ultimate protection of classified information. I want to know when my President is doing something that is illegal and not supported by the public; and I don’t want him to ever feel that he can get away with these things because government workers are sworn to secrecy.

*Senator Kerry continues his strategy to straddle the issues and confuse anyone who cares. The President has the ultimate authority to classify and declassify information, something a low-level CIA staffer does not have. This isn't a double-standard as Kerry asserts, but the nature of how power is granted in our government.

Update: The CIA employee that was fired last week is now claiming she didn't leak the information about the secret detention facilities.