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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Obama Nominates NY Times Lawyer Who Approved Stories Outing Classified Counterterror Programs to be Army's Top Legal Counsel

Is it just me, or is Obama coming more and more out into the open with his anti-American hate?

Solomon B. Watson IV was the top legal officer of the New York Times back in 2005 and 2006 when, notoriously, it published two stories compromising top-secret counterterrorism programs. I wrote about what the Times had done at the time in "Exposure," as Gabriel Schoenfeld did in "Has the New York Times violated the Espionage Act?"Indeed, Schoenfeld's forthcoming book Necessary Secrets was inspired by the recurring issues raised by the Times' -- oh, let's say it --- violations of the Espionage Act.

The Obama administration has now nominated Watson to be general counsel of the Army. This has raised some questions in the minds of Senators John McCain and Jeff Sessions about how Mr. Watson might deal with issues of leaking and secrecy in his sensitive new post
. In fact, in his confirmation hearings they gave him a hot grilling. There is no one more qualified than Schnoenfeld to review Watson's responses to Senators McCain and Sessions. He analyzes them in "A secret keeper (and breaker).
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