Earlier today, CBS News reported that at least two of the Benghazi e-mails that were leaked by Republicans last Friday were altered. The GOP leak of the altered Benghazi e-mails came five days before the White House released 100 pages of e-mail correspondence regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
One of the altered e-mails was from Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. The other altered e-mail was from U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
Here’s the Republican version of the Rhodes e-mail:Here’s the White House version of the Rhodes e-mail:We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.Here’s the Republican version of the Nuland e-mail:We need to resolve this in a way that respects all of the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.Here’s the White House version of the Nuland e-mail:The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.BUSTED!!!The penultimate point could be abused by members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings.
Republicans have been caught red-handed altering official e-mails sent in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack. I’m not surprised that Republicans would pull such a stunt, after all, it was the Republicans who misled this country into the Iraq War!
Now, can we talk about the REAL Benghazi scandal…you know, the one about Republicans altering e-mails?
Premise 1: When you live in a society with other human beings, you necessarily give up some of your freedoms. This is incumbent upon each individual citizen in order to reap the benefits that society offers. For example, you have the benefit of driving a car, an incredible perk of modern society: it gets you places far more quickly than your feet, adds billions of dollars to our economy because of its efficiency, etc. However, you can’t drive a car anywhere you want; you must stay on the paved roads — indeed, you must stay on one half of the paved roads. If you cannot abide by these rules, you abdicate your right to drive a car.
Premise 2: The Bill of Rights is an anachronistic document, and it therefore must be interpreted for our present situation. It was written at a time in which firearms were not nearly as powerful nor accurate as they are now; today, firearms can do exponentially more human damage than they could in 1789. It was written in order to protect against a monarchy or military dictatorship; under the command of the president, the US military is the most powerful force in the world by an order of magnitude, and could therefore easily put down any populist uprising.
Premise 3: So-called “originalists” read the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a sacred texts, to be read without interpretation. The NRA and SCOTUS Antonin Scalia and others read these texts like fundamentalists read the Bible: naively, without nuance or sophistication. Political opportunists play on this naiveté for money and loyalty.
But when convenient Scalia will reinterpret the constitution to align with his idealogy.
Cable news has, for all intents and purposes, ignored the shocking revelation that the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, Texas, was holding 270 tons of ammonium nitrate at the plant, 1,350 times the amount that is allowed without disclosure to the federal government.
If you’re wondering “Has any TV news channel covered this???”, the answer is yes. TYT was on it earlier this week - specifically to ask why it WASN’T getting more media coverage.