Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Little white schoolhouse

I guess this is part of restoring honor and dignity to the White House:

The White House on Tuesday began mandatory, hourlong briefings for an estimated 3,000 staffers on ethics and the handling of classified information in response to the indictment of a top official in the CIA leak investigation.

Among those who attended the first ethics briefing were some assistants to the president with top security clearances, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.

President George W. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, was not among the first group, although he was expected to attend an ethics class later this week.

The White House counsel's office will conduct presentations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for those aides with security clearances. Briefings for other aides in the White House and the executive office of the president will follow.
Five years ago, the scandal coming out of the White House was about whether the chief executive received oral sex from a woman who was not his wife. Today, the scandals coming out of the White House include staffers who need a refresher course in how to handle classified information (although if you believe the special prosecutor, they expertly collected and disseminated classified information in the CIA leak case, which is the impetus for the classes); the aforementioned CIA leak; the bungled response to the biggest natural disaster in the nation's history; whether the chief executive fixed intelligence around a predetermined policy to start a war on false pretenses and whether the chief executive violated the Geneva Conventions by approving the torture of prisoners.

How very honorable and dignified.

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