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Wyden, a Senator of Convenience

By Art Hyland

Do you remember learning about Seal Team Six, a formerly secret part of the Navy Seal group, itself a clandestine type of organization? Or hearing about a Pakistani doctor who covertly helped U.S. intelligence services locate Osama bin Laden? Yes you’ve probably heard of these and several other front page covert tales because the New York Times and Washington Post have been given these stories, secrets all, for publication. And the information disclosed was absolutely not something that should have been public because many people are now in great danger or already in in jail because of this publicity.

Now, why would the government want to publicize important, especially secret, information? Who benefits? Well, in a rare fit of rage, Senator McCain, Republican, Arizona, has fingered the White House itself as the source, or at least very high Administration figures, because that’s the only place, in his opinion, where these kind of leaks could have originated. As for who benefits, McCain says the President, and the president alone, who happens to be running for re-election. The liberal news organizations dutifully produced pages of fawning ink celebrating the magnificence of President Barack Hussein Obama in each of the leaked stories (but they omit the Hussein part).

After several months of these serious leaks, bipartisan specialist McCain offered just days ago a Senate resolution to ASK the Justice Department (that’s Eric Holder) to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate these leaks. Well, the Democrat senators were not bipartisan, no surprise there, but their go-to spokesman might be: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

Emerging from his home tomb in New York and following in the best tradition of former invisible Oregon Congressman David Wu, Democrat, Wyden was once again** chosen to become temporarily in the news on behalf of the Senate.  Senator Wyden’s 15 seconds of news coverage took place as he spoke for the rest of the Democrat-controlled Senate when he said, “…I see no evidence…that the way U.S. attorneys are handling this investigation at this time is not with the highest standards of professionalism.” In other words, Senator Wyden thinks Eric Holder’s Justice Department is doing a bang-up job, even though they haven’t even started to work yet. He just knows there’s no need to appoint a special prosecutor, despite the fact that Senate Democrats just a few short years ago screamed for an independent counsel to investigate a completely benign leak about a former CIA undercover agent (Valerie Plame). According to Rudi Giuliani, former New York mayor and Federal prosecutor himself, the comparative seriousness of the recent leaks makes the Plame leak seem “like a parking ticket.” Yet, there was Ron Wyden, perfectly covering for the Administration, and the press perfectly ignoring the issue now that the sleepwalking spokesman for the Senate was sort of in charge of smothering it. It’s a stealth operation by Democrat PR experts to help the news media to become quickly reminded they need to ask, What’s Madonna doing now?

[** Back in 2005, Wyden said this about a proposed Senate resolution condemning Iran’s president Ahmadinejad (who had just declared, “And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism.”).  “While I personally am vehemently opposed to the statements that have been made by the president of Iran,” Mr. Wyden said, “I have been asked by the members on this side of the aisle to object, and I do so object.” It seems that Mr. Wyden is good at deflecting issues perhaps because no one knows who he is or why he’s even there, and the issue at hand becomes obscured by the messenger’s odd presence.]

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