The silver lining here is that with risqué photos and nude selfies popping up pretty much everywhere in our culture (Anthony Weiner ring any bells?), nefarious government or Mafioso types will find it increasingly hard to blackmail anyone anymore.
I bet if you made these sorts of statements to the average American-on-the-street in 1964, they would have wholeheartedly agreed. Because the public simply had no idea of what was going on, back then. Those of us who know our history, however, just don't have that excuse today.
Any time a federal agency decides to intimidate those in the political arena in any way, large or small, it should be seen as a scandal by everyone -- no matter your political leanings. Because we've seen what happens when this sort of thing is allowed and encouraged, and it isn't a pretty sight.
In a way, I'm glad that David Petraeus's sex scandal is playing out across the pages and television screens of the mass media. Because one of the alternative ways it could have been handled is so much worse.
If Obama had asked the American people, I think he would have found almost unanimous agreement that it was worth spending $3,000 over the next 12 months to break the backs of those who were trying to blackmail him.
The message from William Gheen seems pretty straightforward--the only way a Republican like Graham could possibly be joining forces with Democrats on so many issues is that he is gay and being blackmailed.
Even if sexual harassment (as opposed to conduct) should become relevant, in my opinion, the public statements of the defendant's lawyer were aimed at threatening the victim rather than vindicating his client.
Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly.