Breaking: Most Journalists Mis-Report Release of OLC Memos

President Obama has finally — after 2 years and 14 requests — agreed to let the intelligence committees see the Office of Legal Counsel Memos that authorize the lethal targeting of US citizens.

Kudos to Ron Wyden for having the tenacity to see that this, at least, happened.

But as big a story as this is, perhaps an equally significant story is the way it is being misreported.

First, even though quotes of Obama and direct statements from Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden refer to memos, plural, people persist in reporting that there is one memo.

Second, in spite of the fact that Obama has only acceded to letting the two Intelligence Committees have access to the memos, most media outlets are reporting that “Congress” will get the memos. Congress consists of 535 people elected by citizens. The Intelligence Committees consist of 35 people selected by party leaders. Among those 35 are Michelle Bachmann and Lynn Westmoreland.

And while on the Senate side, non-Intelligence Committee Senators can usually arrange to see such classified materials, it at least used to be that on the House side Members had to ask politely. And even still, the most responsible reporters are saying terms of this kind of access is still to be determined.

Ah well. At least 35 men and women can know what might get you and I killed. But you and I aren’t allowed to know yet.

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bmaz @Gaius_Publius @downwithtyranny @samseder @majorityfm Went to Heidelberg Project instead.
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bmaz @Gaius_Publius @downwithtyranny @samseder @majorityfm consider their intro irrelevant and didn't notice. Didn't go to Biden
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bmaz @Gaius_Publius @downwithtyranny @samseder @majorityfm they were just there. Senior Dem officials historically have been accommodated
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bmaz @Gaius_Publius @downwithtyranny @samseder @majorityfm I think it is false framing to say that Biden and Schumer were there as "progressives"
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emptywheel @BrandonDillon75 Thanks--got a house guest heading west and they've been suggesting bad weather later. @LakeExpress
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emptywheel @BrandonDillon75 Any hints the weather on the return trip is going to be a problem? @LakeExpress
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bmaz @ai002h that's using YOUR logic pal
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emptywheel @astepanovich Shorter the business lobby: We love being immunized from the law.
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emptywheel @ryanjreilly Say, whatever happened to DOJ's alleged investigation of NYPD's equally unconstitutional practices?
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emptywheel @sesmithesq But all that's irrelevant given the data which show that political will of populace isn't what drives politics.
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bmaz The level of intellectual consistency among legal commentators and political pundits this morning is appalling.
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bmaz @ai002h @sahilkapur Sure. Okay+reversal by a nuclear option Dem group at DC Cir is just dandy. Uh huh. Have some intellectual consistency.
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