|The Drug Czar and His Secret Tapes|
Posted by FoM on August 27, 2000 at 20:07:29 PT|
By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek
September 4 issue — Legendary newspaperman A. M. Rosenthal was speaking freely. “I’m just saying this to you,” he confided to White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey during a November 1996 telephone chat. Not quite.
Unknown to Rosenthal, his conversation with McCaffrey—in which they discussed how to attack financier George Soros for his efforts to liberalize drug laws —was being taped.
McCaffrey, NEWSWEEK has learned, has made a practice of recording talks with journalists—without necessarily telling them. The existence of the tapes was a closely held secret until this summer, when the drug office belatedly turned over two dozen audiocassettes in response to a 1997 demand for evidence in a lawsuit.
(A McCaffrey aide says they were only recently found in a storage closet.)
The drug czar insisted in a deposition that the tapes were made “with the permission of both parties.” But that was apparently not always the case. “I don’t recall anybody telling me they were going to record this,” Rosenthal said. Anita Manning, a USA Today reporter also taped by McCaffrey, said: “This is just creepy.”
It is legal in the District of Columbia for one party to tape a conversation without the consent of the other. But did McCaffrey also tape government officials or foreign leaders? “Absolutely not,” said his spokesman, Bob Weiner. The taping, he insisted, was limited to press interviews and was done solely to ensure that the drug czar wasn’t misquoted. But by failing to notify some reporters, he conceded, the office “may have screwed up.”
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|Comment #5 posted by freedom fighter on August 28, 2000 at 18:09:17 PT|
|Comment #4 posted by Frank on August 28, 2000 at 18:04:31 PT|
Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on August 28, 2000 at 05:03:40 PT:|
It's yet another example of why Klinton chose Barry; Barry was *used* to circumventing the democratic processes in Third World nations South of the border on a daily basis. That's what the School of the Americas is all about. Bad habits like this are really hard to break; he must have felt he could do the very same thing here and get a few more medals pinned on his chest. It's nothing special, just a democracy, right? He did it all the time before; why shouldn't he do it now?
Barry has violated his oath of office. He has been attempting to subborn the very thing he swore to uphold. In short, he has engaged in sedition against the people of the United States.
And it is all on tape. I hope that bipedal Rottweiler that runs the Justice department doesn't wait 7 years to send the US Marshals over to Barry's office to get the evidence - like she did with Waco.
|Comment #2 posted by observer on August 27, 2000 at 21:25:53 PT|
Fighting Cheech & Chong Medicine
July 26, 2000 at 21:56:00 PT
By Daniel Forbes
Source: Salon Magazine
|Comment #1 posted by rainbow on August 27, 2000 at 21:11:23 PT|