There's something troubling about the recent leaks to the New York Times about President Barack Obama's involvement in authorizing the targeted killings of suspected terrorists and launching cyberattacks against an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility: they're coming from the same administration that has prosecuted more government officials under the Espionage Act of 1917 for sharing classified information with the media than all previous administrations combined. (As Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote in a 2010 memo, "People in the intelligence business should be like my grandchildren -- seen but not heard.")
Just this week, an American general who suggested that U.S. and South Korean Special Forces were parachuting into North Korea to conduct espionage was replaced in what the military insisted, amid murmurs of disbelief, was a routine personnel change. Sure, happens all the time...
This contradictory posture toward national security leaks has exposed the White House to accusations this week that it clamps down on whistleblowing when the disclosures undermine its agenda but eagerly volunteers anonymous "senior administration officials" for interviews when politically expedient.
Salon's Glenn Greenwald condemned the "administration's manipulative game-playing with its secrecy powers," Both his readers applauded...
the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer called the report on Obama's targeted killings a "White House press release" (the report's authors dispute that claim), and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle decried the "accelerating pace of such disclosures," calling for an investigation and new legislation to address the problem. "They're intentionally leaking information to enhance President Obama's image as a tough guy for the elections," Senator John McCain (R-AZ) charged on Tuesday. Worst part about it is that despite the leaks, no one in the world intelligence, military and political community thinks that Champ has any toughness whatsoever...
The White House, for its part, has dismissed this allegation as "grossly irresponsible" and argued that, in fact, it seeks to plug leaks that could jeopardize counterterrorism or intelligence operations. But as the examples below suggest, the Obama administration hardly has dealt consistently with counterterrorism and intelligence leaks over the past three-and-a-half years. The author continues to list 8 "leaks' with facts in each -- which were prosecued and which aren't.
BIN LADEN RAID
Prosecution? Yes. He ends with: "Administration officials, of course, have at times brought highly sensitive, classified stories to the American people -- when they had good stories to tell, that is."
#1 IIRC FREEREPUBLIC > SOMALI ISLAMISTS OFFER TEN CAMELS AS BOUNTY FOR OBAMA [SecState Hillary = chicken hens].
OOOOOOOOO, you can just hear self-centered, upper-class Socialite Bette Middler's character in "RUTHLESS PEOPLE" sobbing uncontrollably,
"ZOOOMG, I'VE BEEN KIDNAPPED BY KMART"!, can't ye???
On a serious note, its more proof or indicia once again again again that Radical Islam doth desire revenge on the Bammer = US Govt, + may initiate assassination attempt(s) agz him, MORESO GIVEN THE FAILING IRAN NUKE TALKS + NOW RISING INSTABILITY IN PAKISTAN.
FYI FREEP = separate Artic says the USDOD will be expanding the US Fifth Fleet Base at Bahrain, which throws a monkeywrench into Iran's plans to isolate any US = US-led Coalition invasion force to the Sea of Oman + beyond, espec iff the USDOD emplaces PATRIOT + RELATED AIR, MISSLE DEFENSES THERE.A THIRD-PARTY ASSASSINATION OP WOULD A COVERT, BUT LOGICAL COUNTER-RESPONSE TO A MAJOR "DEFENSIVE" US BUILDUP IN BAHRAIN IN CASE OF BREAKOUT OF US-IRAN WAR???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-06-09 23:38||