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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Keep the Gannon/Guckert story alive!

Most of the blogs have been silent on the White House's favorite gay pimp the last two days, but AmericaBlog is keeping up the good fight. More power to them. I'd advise anyone out there to contact your elected officials in pushing for an investigation into this incredible breach of security.

The story above: Someone, presumably Guckert himself, has put several of the gay escort services taht featured him up for sale on eBay. And he wants a hell of a lot more money than he'd get for giving a GOP congressman a Dirty Sanchez (if you didn't get that joke, just forget that you read it and put it out of your mind).

The latest update suggests that (courtesy of Dick Durbin) Dems might be mobilizing for an offensive (link below). Now that they're showing signs of life, let's give them all the support we can, folks.

Here's the body of my letter to the offices of my senators:

With great dismay, I've watched the rise and seeming fall of the story on Jeff Gannon/James Guckert on the blogs, without much attention from the mainstream press.

This issue, however, is more than just a lascivious scandal. It calls into question the current administration's commitment to the democratic process in their communications with the American public. An individual hired by Republican operatives managed-- under an assumed name, with no credentials and an ostensibly criminal past-- to gain access to the highest levels of government in the guise of a non-partisan journalist. His propagandistic questions were given time on several news outlets. And worst of all, evidence points to the strong possibility that Gannon/Guckert was privy to confidential information during the period in which he was admitted to White House press briefings.

The national security implications of this story are sufficient to warrant an investigation-- more salacious details aside. As one of your constituents, I implore you to support the pursuit of an investigation into this matter. Letting it disappear without an investigation would be a disgrace, and a mockery of the idea of American democracy.