“What we’re seeing, Wolf, is an avalanche of leaks and it is very, very disturbing. It’s dismayed our allies. It puts American lives in jeopardy. It puts our nation’s security in jeopardy.” – Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-Calif), Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

LEADERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES, DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SAXBY CHAMBLISS, MIKE ROGERS AND C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER IN A JOINT STATEMENT ABOUT LEAKS: “In recent weeks, we have become increasingly concerned at the continued leaks regarding sensitive intelligence programs and activities, including specific details of sources and methods. The accelerating pace of such disclosures, the sensitivity of the matters in question, and the harm caused to our national security interests is alarming and unacceptable.” – Political Ticker

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Congress wants the White House to notify lawmakers at least 48 hours in advance and explain when it chooses to disclose national secrets. – A.P.

The Campaigner-In-Chief uses a scenic backdrop.

All 103 stars, as of 2012, represent “men and women remembered on the Memorial Wall who lost their lives while serving their country in the field of intelligence” for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The engraved stars, awarded posthumously, … tell no stories unless authorized, sometimes decades later, when clearance is permitted. Each of the 103 chose risk above all else, especially above reward. Strict criteria are followed [see footnote].

There are more ready to give all for country, dedicated to ensuring that what is classified will stay classified unless the information’s chief custodians clearly, explicitly break the seal.

This nation, for which the 103 gave their lives, will survive IF — IF — it has leaders also committed, first, to give their very best and who don’t have to be told that the stars are not a political stagecraft and that highly sensitive classified programs will not be divulged for political gain, imho a particularly repugnant form of something akin to treason.

David Sanger‘s sturdy bearing, thick physique and academic’s visage suit the ease with which he speaks about classified secrets that no journalist should know. Only a near imperceptible curl of his lips reveals the pleasure he finds in his triumph as well as a thicker wallet from the sale of his book chock full of national secrets. He has what they all want: Heft, prestige, profit, and a secured spot in history.

Ensconced in a consequences-free zone aka The New York Times, Sanger seeks to soothe the alarmed professionals (see Larry Johnson’s “Obama, Selling Out America’s Security in Pursuit of Votes“) and any would-be detractors by describing his gift for choosing secrets safely shared ’round the world and those that he alone can keep safe. What a guy. No matter that he is unelected, not legally appointed, not accepted by any government institution for volunteer service (e.g., the current military that accepts as volunteers only those who meet stringent standards). That he has taken no oath. None.

It might seem that Sanger charmed Campaigner-In-Chief Obama and underlings to cough up classified secrets. Oh please. No, it was POTUS’s doctrine of winning no matter the cost.

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Footnote #1: Death must be of an inspirational or heroic character while in the performance of duty; or as the result of an act of terrorism while in the performance of duty; or as an act of premeditated violence targeted against an employee, motivated solely by that employee’s Agency affiliation; or in the performance of duty while serving in areas of hostilities or other exceptionally hazardous conditions where the death is a direct result of such hostilities or hazards.” – Central Intelligence Agency’s description of the Memorial Wall

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From Bronwyn: This post was considerably delayed because I drove a sick friend to the E.R. early today. I was glad I could give my time, but this post — in particular — made it very frustrating for me to postpone. What you see is but a minor piece of work compared with what I’d envisioned. But it is up now, and — after all — it is YOUR comments that invariably end up making a post so gratifying. Gotta put my feet above my heart, literally … ’til later, and hugs all! (Yes, my friend, thanks to the E.R. doc, got great antibiotics and, if she can force herself to stay home and rest, will be alright. The doc demanded no going to work sooner than Monday. I can be bossy :))