One Of The Real Scandals

“There should be an investigation not of the personal behavior of General Petraeus and General Allen, but of what surveillance powers the F.B.I. used to look into their private lives,” Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in an interview. “This is a textbook example of the blurring of lines between the private and the public.”

Petraeus Case Raises Concerns About Americans’ Privacy – NYTimes.com

I haven’t heard any indication that Petraeus did anything wrong. Having sex is not a crime. The whole thing is a smokescreen.

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9 Responses to One Of The Real Scandals

  1. kim2ooo says:

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  2. Andy says:

    A complaint was made against a third party who was acting maliciously. The reason she was acting maliciously was due to a relationship with Petraeus. The US Army and CIA etc has never liked extra marital relationships, part of the reason being it can lead to sensitive information being leaked , which in this case appears happened. Blackmail can often start that way too.

    Sex is not a crime but then again he is not being put before the law for having extra marital sex is he, so your point is mute. He lost his job, presumably the director of the CIA should not be leading a double life leading him open to blackmail.

    Andy

    • In this case, the blackmail was perpetrated by the President of the United States — to a rigid timetable, culminating precisely with his re-election — who considers himself above the law, and who acts cowardly, behind the scenes, to manipulate lives without being recognized for what he is by people like you, who can’t or won’t see the difference in scale between the emotional mistake of Petraeus and the characteristic abuse of power, and self-justifying moral grandstanding, of Obama. Ms. Broadwell was a strong, lovely woman, at the peak of her beauty and career, not a naive romantic with little life of her own — her choice of sexual partners is hers and hers alone, and she did not run to the media, crying like a baby over being “victimized”. The Obama administration is now officially, and forevermore, merely sordid (and defiling, of both “sense and sensibility”, for those who understand that phrase).

      • And this is really about the suppressed crime of Benghazi, so no more about Petraeus, except what he knew about that, and when he knew it, and when or if he will testify like a real leader of men before the investigating committee, and be open with the public about that — yes, sordid — fiasco. That is the only relevance his name should have, to inquiring minds.

    • savebyj says:

      I have to go with Andy on this one. What Petraeus did was a huge security threat. If he wanted to have an affair, then he needed to do it out in the open. The fact that he was hiding it meant that he did not want it discovered which meant it left him open to blackmail.

      Having said THAT, I can definitely see a scenario where certain people, knowing that he was going to testify and knowing they weren’t going to like what he was going to say used this to smear his character (it’s obvious they knew about this for some time). But the bottom line is that this is about Petraeus. He was the head of the CIA and damn well should have known better. Now any dirt he had on the President and that night will be tainted because of his extracurricular activities.

      “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” — Lord Acton. 1887

  3. johnmcguire says:

    Petraeus is just another in a long line of immoral and unethical people associated with Obama . It appears that no one of strong moral character associates with Obama . America is indeed headed for oblivian , and will be a byword for disreputable failure . Oh how the mighty have fallen when they turn their back on God .

  4. Andy DC says:

    As they used to say in 1973, what did the President know and when did he know it?

  5. Pathway says:

    Don’t you just love Stalinism?

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