Fifty-Six Democrats Vote For Leaks

Earlier today, I noted that Republicans were offering an amendment to the FY 2007 intelligence appropriations bill that condemned illegal leaks. I was curious as to how Democrats would respond; as it turned out, 56 Democrats voted against the amendment, even though it was directed specifically against “unauthorized disclosures of classified information contrary to law and voluntary secrecy agreements.” So a leak had to be unauthorized and illegal to fall within the amendment’s condemnation.

I’m not generally a fan of symbolic votes, but it is pretty remarkable that a significant percentage of Democrats in the House won’t go on record against illegal, unauthorized leaks that damage national security. More evidence, I suppose, that the only war the Democrats are really interested in is their war against President Bush.


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