Leave it to Barack Obama and his security minions to put American lives in jeopardy just to score some political points with a bullshit Hollywood movie. If you thought last year, in the wake of the successful hit on Osama Bin Laden, that Obama and his political operatives would try to garner political advantage from this, you would be right.

This is beyond disgusting. This is as egregious as the decision of the George W. Bush crowd to leak the name of my friend, Valerie Plame. Obama and his principal National Security Staff advisors–John Brennan and Denis McDonough–could not wait to slip top secret details of the operation that ended Bin Laden’s life to Hollywood. Obama and his team deliberately leaked the identity of the top secret unit that carried out the operation. That tidbit was never supposed to make it onto the front pages of America’s newspapers.

But Obama and his team did not give a shit. When it comes to getting re-elected and feeding the ego of this little man from Hawaii, security be damned.

Here are some of the damning documents:

15 Jul Xcript

Pretty self-explanatory. Except here is what you are not told–the Navy SEALS who carried out this mission were forced after the mission to sign specific non-disclosure documents. The White House did not want the SEALS telling what really happened. The White House wanted to shape the story.

So much for intelligence professionals in charge of the CIA. This memo makes it clear that Panetta and his toadies could not wait to spill their guts to the aspiring Hollywood movie maker.

Go to this link and you can read the docs for yourself. They are incredible. When you consider the amount of time that public officials spent pandering to Hollywood assholes on the taxpayer dime you, like me, may be pissed off.

Kathryn Bigelow has one goal in mind–make a successful film and make a lot of money for herself and her studio. I’m all in favor of capitalism, but this is capitalism shrouded in propaganda. Look at the 75 pages of emails sent trying to line up an interview with Michael Vickers (who served previously as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict). If you saw the movie, Charlie Wilson’s War, Vickers was portrayed in that movie as a weapons nerd who played chess. Guess Vickers has decided he can’t wait to perform fellatio on Hollywood biggies.

Page 40 in the 75 page email collection is beyond troubling. The White House and the CIA are in full court press to get the story out on their terms.

WH Okayed

Note, the White House sent the email to the Pentagon on 27 June 2011 telling them that Mark Boal, the screenwriter, would be contacting Mike Vickers. This was done at the direction of the White House. (see here)

I’m still reading through the docs. This is genuinely stunning.

UPDATE–Congress should immediately impeach Michael Vickers. His behavior in this matter is disgusting. It is there in black and white for you to read. Happily divulging information that the SEALS are not allowed to discuss. This was not on his own initiative. It was at the behest of the White House.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Flop_Flipper

    Vickers apparently knew that exposing the name (and the person) of Seal Team 6 commander was wrong when he said: “The only thing we ask is that you not reveal his name in any way as a
    consultant because … he shouldn’t be talking out of school.”

    Everyone on the fence needs to ask their selves this question. If a President is willing to use the merits of others to bolster his support and unashamed to disclose the identity of a special operations commander to further bolster that support, what else wouldn’t he be willing to do?


    Secretary of State Clinton: There’s no reason for Pakistan to prosecute Afridi for helping US find bin Laden – @Reuters



    Senate cuts more money to Pakistan in wake of doctor’s arrest and sentencing

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    OT, but speaking of Democrat hypocrisy.


    Will no Democrat on this blog defend Democratic Senators paying female staffers significantly less than men?  There must be some fair reason for this Democratic war on women (DeWoW).  Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has indicated that she just thinks women are worth less then men.



    Fitzgerald stepping down as US attorney.
    since both sides dems and republicans were mad at him at one time or another, he must of done a good job

    • Justine00

      Among other things, Fitzgerald’s job resulted in the non-disclosure of Obummer’s involvement.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Vickers is a good case study in how one evolves from a reasonably effective operator into a self-serving quasi-political bureaucrat who cares not a fig for the troops.  What is remarkable is that at one time he was a Special Forces NCO.  Of course, at one time Hitler was a corporal who was decorated for bravery in combat.


    off topic


    this angers me
    reid blocking a ban on $4 billion illegal immigrant tax credit loophole.

    this country is hurting economically and fixing this loophole could help


    • HELENK2


      real federal deficit accounting



    after being outed by panetta, backtrack bunch stands back and does nothing while doctor is tried for treason.

    why would anyone help this country on the war on terror while this bunch is in office?????

  • bbf

    Sunday May 1st,


    Osama Bin Laden Has Been Dead For Years

    Now that Osama’s dead body is being trotted out to
    boost Obama’s approval ratings, er, because he was just
    killed in an air strike or some nonsense, it’s worth
    taking a look back at the researchers who concluded Osama
    bin Laden died years ago. David Ray Griffin wrote

    an entire book about it. Mike Rivero also wrote the
    article “Osama

    bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US
    government,” where he cited numerous heads of state,
    CIA agents, intelligence officials, etc. who all concluded
    Osama has been dead for years.

    The evidence
    Osama has been dead for years is overwhelming, people have
    been predicting for years his

    dead body was going to be trotted out as part of some PR
    stunt. Absent the presentation of some overwhelmingly
    compelling evidence to the contrary, it looks like that’s
    what we’re witnessing right now.

  • sowsear1

    The whole damn place is being given away:
    Arabic mandatory in Manhattan elementary school

    • HARP2

      Great………Then I can tell them to FUCK OFF in a way they will understand.

  • Roninstia

    And I’ll bet the movie will premier two weeks before the election.

  • Popsmoke

    LJ …None of this makes any sense? 

    Mike Vickers? This the same Vickers who back in 2001 and 02 was screaming about Intel leaks damaging national security?

    Wouldn’t SecDef have also had to approve the (after the fact — if that is even done or possible) NDAs for the SEALs?

    Of course this is almost the same thing that was going on with the Bush Administration “to a degree” during 911 and Afghanistan. Except that the WH was using Fox as its Hollywood promoter…. Remember DoD and the WH gave Robin Moore special access to SF and escorted by two top NCOs to Afghanistan during the war and spent time with ODA 555….

    I agreed back then that “some” people in the USG and WH needed to be hung for the leaking and I agree now. BUT …. What USCs have been actually violated that a prosecutor can go to town on? Do we go retroactive with prosecutions and go back to the future between 911 and say March 02?

    As far as Congress and that jackass Pete King http://homeland.house.gov/letter/king-letters-under-secretary-defense-intelligence-vickers-and-cia-deputy-director-morell  is concerned. King is another one who needs to go back to private practice.

  • Flop_Flipper

    What Cult of Personality would be complete without it’s own bought, directed and distributed version of history? After all, Obama is the torch bearer, the embodiment of all that is good in the world. He alone has carried the weight, made the decisions and enacted them all by himself. He is every saint, every savior and the world would come to an end if he ever stops pretending to be president. This shit has Greek columns written all over it.

    • piattq

      I think Greek columns are out of fashion now.

  • alicewolf

    It’s a day late and a dollar short.   Like 9-ll most people don’t know what that means, or who Osana bin Laden is.   Perhaps they could make it into a video game but there again, it’s really not that good of a story.   It’s like the sound of one hand clapping.   A bad joke.


    off topic
    remember the deal backtrack made with Russia?????
    well Russia tested a new missle




    funny thing about the studio that is making the movie,  fund raiser on the lot and mucho dinaro donated to backtrack

  • EllenD818

     Sure looks like they were dangling that election-timed release date.

    Why do people keep the smartphone notices enabled? Am I the only one that finds this annoying?

  • c_e_s

    Mission Accomplished.

  • TeakWoodKite

    So as penance for being caught below decks on this, I am walking this back to the point the details became open source…So far I am back to Aug 11 and Rep. Peter King …

    The White House said Bigelow and the company are getting the same access as anyone else. “First of all, the claims are ridiculous,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “I would hope as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.”

    “First of all, the claims are ridiculous,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “I would hope as we face a continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee on Homeland Security would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.”

    • jrterrier

      If that’s true, then how come some names and other info that apparently was disclosed to Bigelow and the other Hollywood people was redacted from the documents produced to Judicial Watch in response to the Freedom of Information Request? 

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      I would hope that as we face a continued threat from terrorism, Michael Vickers, the CIA and DevGru would have more important topics to discuss than a movie.  But apparently not, according to the White House.

  • jrterrier

    what about the Pakistani doctor who helped confirm for the CIA that Bin Laden was in Pakistan and just got sentenced to 30 years in Pakistan.  Did his name also get leaked or at least was his assistance disclosed by us so that the Pakistani were able to figure out that he had helped? 

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Acceptable collateral damage for Obama.  Kinda tough on the doctor and his young patients, though.

      • Popsmoke

         Acceptable collateral damage…..

        How much of that has been going on since 911 and by both administrations?

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          Too much, that’s for sure.  Little wonder that no one trusts us anymore, and those on the pointy end of the spear resign in disgust.

          • Popsmoke

             Amazing we still have a pointy end….

  • lola828

    You equate outing an undercover CIA operative working on nuclear proliferation for political payback to making a movie.

    You are once again off your rocker.

    It is not the first time that Hollywood has made a movie about an American military success. Get over it!

    What are you jealous. I bet it just drives you nuts that Obama was able to achieve something that your GOP was not able to do. Now you harp on this bullshit. 

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Lola, I’ve got to agree with you on this one.  The Valerie Plame outing operation was a mean spirited professional political hit on her husband with total disregard for the collateral damage to a dedicated case officer.  She was well and truly betrayed and screwed by professionals in the art of “rat fucking.”

      From the looks of IMDb Pro coverage and other industry sources, however, Zero Dark Thirty will start in limited release and probably never make it to general release.  I looked at the cast and I only recognized one name.  A Hollywood friend smirked and called it, “Typical B list fare.  This is what you get when Washington tries to make a movie for politics instead of what the people want to see.” 

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

       Once again, you know nothing about what was actually revealed and the consequences.  I will write a full article on it later today.  My GOP?  You stupid fuck.  You clearly have been unable to even read my repeated and harsh criticisms of Bush and his Administration.  Go fuck yourself.

      • KenoshaMarge

        In calling lola828 a stupid fuck you are being far too kind.

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          (singing) “Whatever lola wants, lola goetz…” Sorry, “Damn Yankees!”

      • lola828

        You are a registered Republican. It is your party. Did you vote for Bush?

        yeah… i bet a ton was revealed. my ass. it is just about politics. Trying to turn an Obama accomplishment into a negative.

        • stodghie

          lola, get the blinders off. order a new brain and face the fact the loser outed good people for politcial gain. (knowing full well he/she won’t of course) lol

  • binky354

    Larry, did the WH out the Pakastani doctor who helped the CIA?  I think I remember that they did, but not sure.  Poor guy, sent to prison for helping us.

    • jrterrier

      i had the same question.

      • binky354

        Anybody have the answer, we don’t have to wait for Larry.

  • arabella_trefoil

    A child tries to cure Obama of his lying ways:

    “Get out, Satan!”

  • HARP2

    I wonder what color cape Obama will wear in the movie.

    • KenoshaMarge

      I guess this costume has all ready been used.

  • FormerLiberal9

    When I heard about this on TV today I knew that Larry would have a lot to say about the situation. l have been looking for this post for the better part of the day. Thanks Larry.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Check out the IMDb page for Zero Dark Thirty.  Pretty pathetic.  In a hurt locker would be an apt description.  Scheduled for release on 19 December.  If Obama is unelected, it will probably be released directly to pay TV and DVD, or possibly to the ultimate round file for movies, directly to cable TV.

    • HoosierinDixie

      December 19th release? I thought there was talk to release it early to boost his reelection chances. Oh well, doesn’t matter, I for one do not plan to spend a dime to see it.

      • jrterrier

        not sure whether the firestorm over the propaganda-timed release made them delay the release or whether they just couldn’t get the movie completed in time.

        • Retired_from_SPOnaj

          From the looks of IMDb Pro and other industry sources, it is the latter.  Hollywood isn’t behind this effort, and Hollywood is where the financing and resources are.  If there’s one thing that Hollywood doesn’t like, it’s outsiders telling them how to make a film.

          If Spielberg bombs on his own idea and effort, like “Munich,” that’s one thing.  But to have Washington tell you how to make a film that you know is going to bomb is unforgivable. 

  • foxyladi14

    Heads should roll over this.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Speaking of Obama operatives involved in moviemaking:


    • TeakWoodKite

      You went undercover as an extra? ROLF.

  • stodghie

    i say bring the dunking punishment back and put barry at the front on the line.

  • arabella_trefoil

    I was never a real patriot unti Obama got elected. Does this man hate out country, or what? Maybe he’s indifferent, which in a way is even worse.

    Thank you for reporting this.

    • BuzzLatte2

      Obama is a narcissist.  His only true love is himself.

      • arabella_trefoil

        Plus he’s a pathological liar who makes shit up as he goes along. Then he forgets what lies he told.

        I’m sure there are many people who read this blog who know people like that.

        • DianaLC

          arabella—I think narcissism and lying go hand in hand.  It’s a quite typical characteristic of a narcissist to make things up and believe what he/she says while doing it.

    • HELENK2

       believe me I cry for my country. The democrats put the worst enemy of my country in the position to do the most harm  to her

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    The only smarmy thing missing so far is the use of stimulus funds to produce this turkey.  Were the SEALs really given ex post facto NDAs?  That is very unusual.  Under normal circumstances, the operation itself would be compartmentalized and SEALs would be “read in” during the planning and work up phases.  I’ve never heard of special operators being given after the fact NDAs, which are usually reserved for unintentional, unauthorized disclosures to people who don’t have the need to know in the first place.  This is very odd, indeed.  But then, the Obama administration is pretty odd in any number of ways.

    • jrterrier

      what are NDAs?

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Non-disclosure agreements.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Any idea how Judicial Watch got a hold of them?

    • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

      They filed a FOIA request and pressed it in court.  Need to give them money.

      • stodghie

        thank you larry for all you do.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Ditto that. For those of us who don’t understand what is going on with issues like this LJ is a wonderful resourse. I am very grateful for that.

          I “like” to know.

           We as citizens “need” to know.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Anything to make BO’s enemies list….

        My apologies, Larry. I should have done some homework…silly of me.
        I was really pondering when I commented how they heard about “it” in the first place. But now I’m scolding myself for not operating under the premise that BO has no problem leaking S&M for personal gain / political gain. So finding out out about it was the easy part, with folks over at Motel 1600 taking pride in bragging about violating national security laws.
        You’d think I would know better by now….the hard part was having to sue for the information. I hear on the donation…Thanks. :) best.

        • KenoshaMarge

          Dowd got the scoop? Who told her what it meant?

          • arabella_trefoil

            Just between you, me and the fence post, O’Dowd only wrote about it because she didn’t know what it meant. She must have been running late for an appointment for a pedicure or something.