Sunday, July 27, 2008

Prosecutors Argue for More Secrecy in Aipac Case

People who leak classified information about the War should be imprisoned in a military prison. Say, Gitmo...

These two leaked things that needed to be kept secret or people might be killed. They should get a few years in prison so that their knowledge can become less critical if leaked by these fools.

Prosecutors Argue for More Secrecy in Aipac Case - July 27, 2008 - The New York Sun: "A federal judge went too far when he ruled that two pro-Israel lobbyists charged with trafficking in classified information were entitled to present certain secret information in court to mount their defense, prosecutors argued in a new brief filed with a federal appeals court.

Large portions of the public version of the brief were blacked out, but the thrust of the government's argument was that Judge Thomas Ellis III should have treated the former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, more like typical spies and less like foreign policy advocates who stumbled into classified information as they pursued their work.

"The district court's view that unlawfully conspiring to disclose classified information about troop movements to a foreign government is 'patently' unprotected by the First Amendment, but disclosing classified information to a foreign government about terrorist attacks on those same troops is a 'core value' of the First Amendment proves the point that 'judges ... have little or no background in the delicate business of intelligence gathering,'" prosecutors wrote in the brief filed late Friday night. "Clandestinely obtaining and passing U.S. government classified information to the Israeli government does not represent participation in a 'public debate' to 'influence United States foreign policy.'""

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