One of Time Mags "Best Senators" Faces Polygraph Test for Leaks

More news from the Democratic Culture of Treason

Two of the outstanding selections for Time Magazine’s
“10 Best Senators” list published this month.


Senator Durbin has been asked to take a polygraph test for leaking national security secrets. Teddy… well, Teddy has his own baggage.

Time magazine released its list of America’s 10 Best Senators this month:

The Best Senators:

Thad Cochran (R- Miss)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine)
Arlen Specter (R-Penn.)

Here is how Time descibes the Senior Senator from Illinois:

Of course, speaking extemporaneously has its risks, which Durbin learned last fall after he was forced to apologize for comparing alleged abuse of prisoners by American troops at Guantanamo Bay to techniques used by the Nazis, the Soviets and the Khmer Rouge. And some Republicans complain Durbin is too strident in his role as assistant leader of Senate Democrats, constantly on the attack against Republicans and President Bush.

But Durbin, 61, has a bipartisan side. He has joined with Senator Rick Santorum, a staunch Republican from Pennsylvania, to push the U.S. government to give $866 million in additional funds for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria…

The 8th most liberal Senator with a lifetime conservative ranking of 7%, Dick Durbin had a busy year.

Back in June of last year, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat spat out one of the most outrageous anti-American and anti-military quotes in the history of the Senate:

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.”

It wasn’t until a week later that the Senator, urged by Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Daley, gave a tearful apology on the Senate floor.

Donald H. Rumsfeld equated the Illinois Senator’s remarks with actress Jane Fonda’s calling U.S. soldiers war criminals during a visit to North Vietnam in 1972.

But, the latest news is even more worrisome for Senator Dick Durbin.

Maybe it was this news, via Strata-Sphere, last month that impressed Time magazine enough to include Dick Durbin on their “Best Senators” list:

Senators Rockefeller and Durbin May Take Polygraph Tests

During the Bush Administration, a nexus of politicians, government workers and members of the news media have worked overtime in leaking classified information. From the secret terrorist prisons to the National Security Agency’s super-secret surveillance program, intelligence officials and the Bush Administration have had to watch their counterterrorism efforts neutralized for political reasons.

But people such as former deputy-undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin don’t think the Justice Department investigators and prosecutors have the guts to indict a US senator. Babbin said it would cause a battle royal on the Hill, if not a constitutional crisis.

He did say however, that any senator or Congressional staffer that holds a security clearance can be asked at any time to take a polygraph. The individual can of course refuse to take the test, but failure to do so is reason to remove that person’s security clearance. Babbin further said that Senators Rockefeller, Durbin, and Wyden, and some on their staffs will soon be requested to take polygraphs.

But don’t expect too much to come from these leak investigations. When the leakers are Democrats, they are called whistleblowers; when they’re Republicans they’re called leakers.

Also, no senator has been disciplined for leaking since 1987, when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was forced to give up his seat on the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee. It was discovered he leaked classified information to reporters. Now he’s on the Senate Judiciary Committee which is currently investigating top secret information regarding the NSA surveillance activities.

It looks like one of Time magazine’s “Top 10 Senators” has got himself in a pickle.

Update: (Saturday PM after lawn is mowed) A Culture of Treason?… A Season of Treason?

The New Editor has the latest on poor John Kerry and his rotten timing.

Update 2: (Saturday 7:30 PM CST) More Culture of Treason.

And, more Culture of Treason.

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