- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Treason, at last

“In a stunning reversal of United States policy that has been in place since the end of World War II, turncoat citizen Adam Gadahn has been indicted for the constitutional crime of treason. …

“After World War II, a notorious example of treason was Jane Fonda’s 1972 trip to Hanoi. … Hanoi Jane was indictable for and could have been convicted of treason because of her activities. Regrettably, Fonda was not indicted because of political calculations made at the highest level of the Nixon administration. … [C]harges other than treason were brought against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Navy spies in the Walker family, renegade CIA and FBI agents … and Taliban John Walker. And, as of today at least, no charges of any kind have been leveled against The New York Times and other newspapers for their treasonous exposure of three highly secret government programs that served as integral parts of America’s war against Islamic terrorists.

“The Oct. 11 indictment of Gadahn — suggests that political considerations no longer trump the loud dictates of justice.”

— Henry Mark Holzer, writing on “They Dare Call It Treason (Finally),” Friday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Imagine that

“Imagine for a moment that Bush National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley or, say, Scooter Libby, had intentionally exploited his security clearance to steal top-secret documents out of the national archives. Is there any chance that would not be daily front-page fodder for the New York Times? …

“Sandy Berger — needn’t concern himself with a prosecution for false statements or obstruction of justice. He needn’t sweat for two years over whether he will be charged with multiple black-and-white classified information violations.

“No, Berger is home-free. Next year, when Scooter Libby starts trial on false-statement and obstruction-of-justice allegations that carry potential decades of jail time, Sandy Berger will be starting the second half of his two-year term of probation.”

- Andrew C. McCarthy, writing on “The Culture of Obstruction,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Space noir

“Battlestar Galactica’ … now entering its third season, is not science fiction. — Ignore the fact that the series is a remake of a late-‘70s ‘Star Wars’ knockoff. Forget that its action variously unfolds on starships and on a colonized planet called New Caprica. And never mind its stunning special effects, which outclass the endearingly schlocky stuff found elsewhere on its network. Sullen, complex and eager to obsess over grand conspiracies and intimate betrayals alike, it is TV noir. …

“The palette is doggedly sober a downbeat blend of gunmetal grays, military greens, matte blacks, dull whites and deep blues. The shadows shift like paranoid fantasies, while the sunlight seems to brood.

“Its comic-strip story (Humans vs. Robots, Round 15) is as elemental as they come, so the show’s moments of ambiguity and its clever subplotting lend it some needed substance and shading. The tricky storytelling is part of the noir charm.”

— Troy Patterson, writing on “Apocalypse Noir,” Friday in Slate at www.slate.com

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