The news is out by now. President Trump has refused to release the Democratic memo concerning the ongoing investigation. The same person who claims to now be so concerned about information security was the same person who promised on the House floor to release the Republican memo quickly before he had even seen it. Since there is both video and sound of that, I hope no reader will try to claim that this is fake news.
This is a dangerous precedent, in that normally both a majority and a minority report are allowed and are released at the same time. That was pointed out last week when the Republican memo was released. But now, it is becoming clear that the Republican majority has no intention of allowing politically damaging material to be released by the minority party. At least, we assume it is politically damaging material, which is itself an argument from silence. I dislike arguments from silence. Arguments from silence are how conspiracy theories get started. After all, “absence of proof is not proof of absence,” which is what conspiracy theorists rely on.
Nevertheless, this is a situation that begs the argument from silence. Refusal to release any opposing viewpoint while releasing a viewpoint from your party, which the security services have been asking you not to release, points to a conspiracy. I say again, this is a dangerous precedent.
I fully expect that Republican minions–and I do now fully mean minions–will step out in force to explain how the Democrats were about to violate our holy security. There will be explanations about a memo that we are not allowed to read which will state that though no one has seen it, the memo must have truly put our country in danger. We will be told about how the Democrats are being security-foolish and unpatriotic. But, the bottom line is that a suppression of the view of another party, under the guise of operational security, has taken place.
I suspect that at some time, some type of diluted memo might be allowed out. But, by then, Republican forces may have taken action against the FBI and other investigative agencies in order to quash a legitimate investigation which they have tried to tarnish with information provided only by them.
Normally, I try to be somewhat moderate. Not this time. This time, I am in full resistance mode. This time there is no moderate stance to take. It is my fervent hope that the Democratic minority in Congress will engage and go to the Supreme Court. There are three branches of government. It is time for the third one to speak loudly.