White House officials will be required to attend briefings next week on ethics and the handling of classified information after the indictment last week of a senior official in the CIA leak probe, according to a memo released on Saturday.
The briefings will provide a refresher course on general ethics rules, including "the rules governing the protection of classified information," the memo said.
Yes, because, you see, that whole thing about senior White House officials allegedly blowing the cover of a CIA operative? They just didn’t know it was wrong. Which may in fact be true; however, not in the manner a refresher course in ethics would be able to rectify. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad President Bush decided a course on ethics for his staff was necessary. Possibly, however, it should have come in late 2000, before they all took up shop.
Meanwhile, as this memo comes out, Cheney is still pressing Congress to let CIA agents torture people.
Gaaaaaaah. This White House doesn’t need an ethics course. It needs an ethics intervention.