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December 19, 2007

Robert Parry On The Bush-Clinton Balance Of Scandal Terror

Robert Parry:

Even as Hillary Clinton’s operatives were dropping hints that Republicans would exploit Barack Obama’s youthful drug use, some Clinton insiders privately worried about her own vulnerability because the Bush administration possesses detailed knowledge of her movements – and her husband’s – over the past seven years.

Because of Sen. Clinton’s unique status as the first former First Lady to run for President – and because her husband was succeeded by a Republican – she is the first candidate to have both her and her spouse be subject to regular, long-term surveillance by an Executive Branch agency controlled by the opposing political party.

Since they left the White House in 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been under the protection of the Secret Service, formerly a branch of the Treasury Department and now part of the Homeland Security Department. Records are maintained showing where they go and whom they meet.

Homeland Security is under the control of Michael Chertoff, a longtime Clinton nemesis dating back to his work as a Republican lawyer on the Senate’s Whitewater investigation in the 1990s...Though Secret Service records are supposed to be closely held secrets, a source close to the Clintons told me that it is believed that senior Republicans have received regular briefings about movements of the Clintons that might prove embarrassing if released during the general election campaign.

In addition, as Parry notes later, the Clintons have an incentive even if Hillary wins the election to go easy on Bush's current scandals. The rest.

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Posted at December 19, 2007 05:07 PM

Killary will bomb Pakistan within her first hundred days in office. Guaranteed.

Posted by: The Kathleen Scene at December 19, 2007 08:27 PM

Killary will bomb Pakistan within her first hundred days in office. Guaranteed.

Posted by: The Kathleen Scene at December 19, 2007 08:28 PM

Janet Reno---Secretary of Defence?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 19, 2007 08:50 PM

Welcome to the National Enquirer--Tiny Revolution Edition, featuring embarrassing movements of the Clintons. Possibly. Maybe. We're not sure. Where's Ken Starr?

Posted by: Don Bacon at December 20, 2007 12:38 AM

Too insider-y while wars, poverty, and disease are raging around the world?

Posted by: StO at December 20, 2007 12:46 AM


You should read the whole article. Parry's point is larger than just this excerpt...and based on experience, completely rational.


Maybe it's too insider-y. But by that standard, essentially everything else ever published on earth is too.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at December 20, 2007 09:29 AM

Watergate would not be a crime today but only a "sneek and peek" under the Patriot Act.

The ruling class objects to having the hoi polloi thrust one lacking pedigree, such as Clinton, into their midst.

True to form, the two party tyranny will tolerate any injustice perpetrated on the public when some personal gain or advantage is to be had.

Posted by: followthemoney at December 20, 2007 01:49 PM

I was asking Mr. Bacon if that was his objection.

Posted by: StO at December 20, 2007 03:31 PM