A Situation Calculated Wonderfully To Concentrate The Mind

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Let us imagine that you are Eric Lichtblau, a reporter of some renown for the New York Times, mentioned by name in a very long piece in Commentary, rather disconcertingly entitleed "Has the New York Times Violated the Espionage Act?". Immediately after reading the article you do some research and find that TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 37 § 798 carries a sentence of ten years - and worse yet seems to fit your situation rather closely. Your mind drifts to some unsettling images and you begin having some difficulty in obtaining a good night's rest.

It would be reasonable under such circumstances for your work to suffer, let us be charitable, somewhat more than slightly. Your mind may be concentrated but you appear to have forgotten that it is the truth that sets one free. Another lie printed in The New York Times is unlikely to be of much help.

Ten years isn't a long time, Eric, and some very close relationships have flowered in prisons, so try and keep an open mind.

(ht PW where Jeff has his usual interesting take on the matter.

14 comments:

CF said...

If only I believed that the AG had the guts to do it.

Rick Ballard said...

I believe that he may do it. Pinch and Keller ignoring the President's direct appeal to not publish should make the difference.

I don't believe that Tice will be the only person charged in this matter.

CF said...

Tice is just a useful idiot. He had no real knowledge about the program to impart. And seems to be a very troubled person.

Fresh Air said...

I'm guessing there'll be more de-flowering than flowering where's he's going...

David Thomson said...

"I believe that he may do it. Pinch and Keller ignoring the President's direct appeal to not publish should make the difference."

It would be wildly popular with the general public. The Democrats wll be forced to run for the hills. This is an election winner.

terrye said...

david:

I would like to think that, but I fear there will be protestations of Hitlerism on the part of the press.

First they came after the NYT.....

David Thomson said...

“I would like to think that, but I fear there will be protestations of Hitlerism on the part of the press.”

The MSM is not that popular with the general public. On top of that, it’s the right thing to do. The fact that Jane Fonda escaped prosecution during the Vietnam era did enormous damage. This nonsense has to stop. It is the solemn duty of the justice department to file charges.

Eric Blair said...

I so wish they indict somebody for this crap.

Bostonian said...

I think it's his color.

Works for me.

PDS said...

Fresh Air: it would be a true shame if a riposte such as yours went unrecognized. Well done.

Knucklehead said...

That's some fascinating stuff. Thanks for the pointer!

Peter UK said...

It is a shame poor dear Tookie has passed on.

Rick Ballard said...

Tookie was in a state pen - like Mumia. Now, if Moussaoui doesn't happen to be selected as a needle recipient, he'll be available. There are also several hundred thousand drug dealers/murderers who would make fine bunkies. They come up with some rather inventive ways to pass those long hopeless nights. Possibilities abound for turning a confining experience into an opportunity for the expansion of personal horizons.

Peter UK said...

Unthinkable to let him room with just any old inmate,it has to be a celebrity lifer.

Perhaps eric should read this