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Upstaging 103 stars left in the shadows, Campaigner-In-Chief unleashes avalanche of leaks


“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 :) )

  • Popsmoke
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  • HELENK2

    http://freebeacon.com/the-moscow-tehran-axis/

    the moscow – tehran axis

    interesting article backtrack’s failing

  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/08/report-obama-furious-with-mcrino-for-accusing-white-house-of-leaks-for-political-gain/

    Backtrack a tad upset with McCain for accusing white house of leaking for political gain

  • HELENK2
  • jrterrier

    OT

  • HELENK2
    • TeakWoodKite

      In my humble opinion when Mrs. Wilson was “outed” by Cheney, it killed  some critical Iraqi / Iranian intel ops and sources. Cheney rolled up a number of critical operations by outing her.
      Point being, is the current batch of leaks from BO are very serious but what lies beneath the surface and unknown to the general public is the extent of the the damage done to the national security of the US by Cheney and BO. Assholes both…

  • HELENK2
    • TeakWoodKite

      This administration takes all appropriate and necessary steps to prevent leaks
      of classified information or sensitive information that could risk ongoing
      counterterrorism or intelligence operations,” Carney told reporters.“Any
      suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of
      classified information for political gain is grossly
      irresponsible.”

      Pay no attention to the man behind the cutain…geez…

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/06/08/White-House-Rejects-Probe-Intel-Leaks

    backtrack opposes investigation of national security leaks

    • jrterrier

      During his “presser” today, the President was indignant that anyone would think his administration would leak.  Really.  if not his administration, then who?

      The Intelligence Committee is serious on this.  Sen Warner (Dem-VA), who is on the committee was just interviewed and reiterated that anyone who did the leaking should be prosecuted. 

      • HELENK2

         http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/06/08/Obama-The-Notion-My-White-House-Would-Leak-is-Offensive

        I do not know if the video will play

        backtrack being offended

        • TeakWoodKite

          again he says “My White House”.

          When is he going to realize it ISN’T his WH?

      • Popsmoke

        These congresscritters are full of themselves…. Hell half of congress then should be prosecuted…

  • HARP2

    Government worker looking for leaks.

    • jrterrier

      LOL

    • Anthony_1

      or White House Chef doing prep work

  • Popsmoke

    It would be interesting to know if any of this cyber secret squirrel stuff even exist under any of the security classification guides?

    • TeakWoodKite

      Popsmoke?  Generally was it not a top secret operation? Did not BO, (according to Sanger/NYT) authorize the expansion of an act of cyber warfare against Iran? Are not those ops normally classified as TS?

      :0 Cumo the the Sr. or Jr?

      • Popsmoke

        The short answer… Yes and No… It actually depends how the program is structured and whether or not is part of the mandatory classification guides.

        http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-classified-national-security-information

        http://www.archives.gov/isoo/policy-documents/isoo-implementing-directive.pdf

        I have no clue how this program is structured. Do you? Does anyone?

        By the way…. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77194.html

        Oh yeah this security and war crap keeps up we will be one step away from totalitarianism….

        • shelldoll2

          I had a TS clearance and you are wrong and full of shit.

          • Popsmoke

            BFD! You had a TS. What is the suppose to mean?

            So Super Woman,  tell me how programs are classified and what  mandatory classification guides are and how they are applied to their respective programs? What happens to any program and its classification  if the mandatory guides do not exist? 

            Then super secret heroine of the world. Tell me how this is then applied to leak cases and the Espionage Act of 1917?

            What? DoD did not cover this with you when gave you your Super Woman Cape? Talk about someone who knows shit…..

          • shelldoll2

            Popsmoke I had the authority to classify information. That’s why I know what I’m talking about.   You can diss me all you want. But it’s people  like you that make me wonder why we wore the uniform at all.

  • Flop_Flipper

    This is all very disturbing. And I wish I could blame it all on Obama. But I can’t because nearly every president I can remember has abused the office.  It’s just that Obama has crafted it into a fine art and towers above his peers with audacity. He doesn’t even try to hide it.

    If November 6th wasn’t so close I would be in favor of an impeachment.

    • Hokma

      If somehow Obama was elected he will be impeached on a host of counts. He would not last more than another 1-2 years.

      Issa/Boehner have carefully played out this Fast and Furious – did not rush anything – and allowed Holder to indict himself. Compound that with the reckless national security leaks and Obama has no future.

      • jrterrier

        I don’t understand Issa’s fascination with Fast & Furious.  It was a stupid initiative.  What else is there to find out about it? 

        • DianaLC

          I understand it–it was, indeed, a stupid and dangerous initiative.  Issa is in contact with the family of the slain officer.  He wants to find out who can be charged withe being so darned stupid.  That person needs to be off our payroll.

          • Hokma

            What you said and the apparent cover-up by Holder and the administration. Remember i’s never the actual deed that gets you in trouble – it’s the cover up of it and there has been an overt cover up from day one of the hearings.

          • jrterrier

            The point has been made and made again — it was stupid & dangerous.  Everyone agrees.  So, I think it’s a waste of money to continue to beath this dead horse.  At this point, the buck stops with the AG.  He probably did not approve it but certainly learned about it at some point.  Either way, he is the person in charge.  He should be held responsible. 

            On to the next issue.     

            I can think of a few other investigations that the govt oversight committee can look into (1) security leaks; (2) the crony capitalism in the green jobs initiatives; (3) agency overspending on conferences and other boondoggles; (4) how it is that the President and the Cabinet members can continue to travel to battleground states on the taxpayer dimes. 

            “since March 2011, President Obama and the cabinet have made over 300 visits just to colleges and high schools at the expense of the taxpayer. At these events in question, speakers often blurred the line between presenting information on and explaining administration policies, and campaigning for the president.

            Now POLITICO has released a report showing that cabinet members have made over 80 taxpayer-funded trips and fundraisers, mixing policy and politics in key swing states over the past year at the direction of Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, top strategist David Axelrod and Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard.
            A half-dozen Cabinet members have made more than 85 trips this year to electoral battlegrounds such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a POLITICO review of public speeches and news clippings.Those swing-state visits represent roughly half of all travel for those six Cabinet officials this year.The rhetoric from the secretaries has at times detoured into fiery defenses that echo the campaign messaging of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In addition, some secretaries — Housing and Urban Development’s Shaun Donovan and Education’s Arne Duncan — have helped the reelection effort by engaging in off-the-clock fundraising and massaging of local donors.”

        • DianaLC

          jrterrier,

          I am not against you on any of this.  But one of the principles I like about our country is the sense that ordinary citizens are just as important as politicians, no matter how high up their office.  I was furiou with GW for trying to use Pat Tllman’s death for political reasons and supported whole heartedly his parents efforts to fight that.  If I were the parents of the family of agent Brian Terry, I would want it made known that the person–whoever it is–who pushed this was held accountable.  Fast and Furious was o.k.’d for some stupid political reason.  Who knows which of the many things that could pull down this most political of all administrations.  I admire Issa for sticking to his promises for this family.  And it appears that Holder IS going to be held responsible with a contempt charge for now.

          As for the other things you mention, I am in total agreement.  Those are things though that won’t be handled until we get a Walker-type administrator in the WH.  I can only pray that Romney will understand some of those principles. 

          • TeakWoodKite

            “I think it’s a waste of money to continue to beath this dead horse.”

            I disagree, jrterrier. This “dead horse / AG” needs to be removed from DOJ. Kicking it is the only way to keep the focus on Obama. So I say kick away.
            TGIF, :)

  • KenoshaMarge

    One thing that the citizens of this country should be able to rely on, no matter what party is in power in the White House, is that the President Of The United States respects anything regarding the national security of this country.

    This one, from all indications, cares only about himself. We know that it takes a giant ego to think you can/should be POTUS. But a giant ego can still keep it’s frakking mouth shut! This clown is a disgrace to his party and his country.

    As for Sanger? Scum.

    How can anyone still support Obama?

    • shelldoll2

      The Hollywood trendies support him cuz they’re still making millions per picture.  Some say they support him simply because he’s black and have said as much.  How racist is that?  I guess they all missed what MLK Jr. said about content of character not color of skin. 
       The anti-war left is now the pro-war left and sing Obama’s praises when he kills people.  The same behavior for which they vilified GWB.

      It’s no surprise to me that they would praise burning CIA, NSA, and other agencies.  After all what’s a few dead Iraqis, Afghanistan folks, Libyans, or Egyptians?  Let’s go to war with Iran and Syria while we’re at it. War is good.  So sayeth the anti-war left.

       Yet these idiots like to leave that part out.

      • KenoshaMarge

        If you left out hyperbole, hypocrisy and double standards most of the left, and certainly most of the media, would be rendered mute. A consummation devoutly to be desired.

        • shelldoll2

          You are correct.

  • ehuntert

    Nice piece of work. This administration can and should be criticized on many points but this one is truly a national disgrace. Even many D’s are seeing it for what it is. Win at any cost out trumps national security.  As this one  plays out we may well see the unraveling of a presidency.

  • shelldoll2

    Hey, Obama did it so it’s on the okie doke.   

    I wonder how many, or the people they handled, died? When GWB did this for political purposes to Valerie Plame I was furious.  I am more upset now because I have an awful feeling more have died.

    If I hear one Obot  say  ”Bush did it too” I will lose it.

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/07/poll-24-of-americans-believe-states-have-a-right-to-secede-up-10-points-since-obama-took-office/

    this is something I have never seen

    24%  of Americans believe states have right to secede. up 10 points since backtrack took office

  • jrterrier

    it’s as if all the DEMS that can are jumping ship.  this is really astounding:

    Charlie Rose, CBS News: “You supported Hillary Clinton, strongly. Do you think we would have been in a different place if she were elected?”Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA):” I think she would have come in with a lot more executive experience. I think the president was hurt by being a legislator only. For example, healthcare and the stimulus, two bills that I think did good things for the American people — too much of it was left up to the Congress. He sort of said, ‘here is my concept, you guys flush it out.’ I think Hillary Clinton would have sent them a bill and said, ‘here’s what I want.’”

    • Hokma

      Many of they most respected Dems are turning on Obama and taking their shots. As TIME magazine indicated their party knows he is likely to lose.

      I also think that the people who bankrole the Party (not Hollyweird of Soros – but normal wall street types) cannot afford another 4 years of incompetence under Obama and Dems will have to give up the Oval Office for 4 years and get their bench in line for another run in 4 -8 years.

      There is still the possibility that the Dem Convention may not be a re-coronation of Obama. I wonder just how many of the delegates from the primaries have to vote Obama and how many are free to make their own decision.

      When Ted Kennedy challenged Carter in 1980 it was just Ted on his own and it was overt. I just get a sense that there is a quietly aggressive effort to unseat Obama with Hillary.

      • jrterrier

        You had me until that last sentence.  there is not a chance in hell that the DEMS would unseat Pres Obama with Hillary at their convention.  It would wreak havoc with a large portion of the African American DEM base and others in the DEM party.  Unless something cataclysmic happened, i.e., a video of Pres Obama’s birth in Kenya narrated by George Clooney  and certified by Al Sharpton, there’s not a chance. 

        • Hokma

          Not if you replace the entire ticket and have an African American as VP to her.

          Obama is pissing off as many African Americans as are loyal to him. Jesse Jackson was never thrilled with him. And what has he done for them that they need to be loyal?

          • FLDemFem

             He has ramped up the race baiting, which is how Jackson and Sharpton make their living. Look at all the media time they have gotten since he has been president. A lot more than they would have gotten with Hillary.

          • stodghie

            hokma, i don’t see having two african americans on the ticket as an answer. the answer is to replace obama with someone who loves this country and will work to better the damage done.

          • Hokma

            Stodghie -  Obama is replaced with Hillary. The VP would be an African American to repalce Biden

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Bless his big heart. JRT, this has to be a post – will try to find video.  I thought I heard this last night, but was distracted, dang it.  Thank god you captured it.  No link?  No matter . will search.

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    On Greta

    $70 billion government money sitting banks. It was allotted for programs over the years and never used.

    Why could it not be used to pay down the debt

    • HELENK2

       http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/231513-coburn-70-billion-in-federal-funds-cant-reach-target

    • shelldoll2

      It wouldn’t help. We are trillions not billions in debt.

      • wylrae

        Yes there is a mountainous difference between billions and trillions; however, to climb even those steep mountains a first step must be taken.

        • shelldoll2

          Point taken.

  • DianaLC

    Is there a chance that we could boot the current resident of the WH out early?  I don’t want Biden in there either.  Lately is seems that our country might be better off if there were NO administrative offices open for business. 

    (Of course I am not seriously asking this, but what frightening times we live in.)

    • HARP2

       I doubt it but it would be nice to see him on Nov 6 with mud all over him.

  • jrterrier

    I know the Intelligence Committees tend to be more bipartisan that most but this seems rare.  How long has it been since the Senate and House Chair and Ranking members issue a joint statement that slams an administration? 

    • HARP2

       This could be the one that breaks it all wide open.

      • HELENK2

         from your lips or fingers to God’s ears

      • TeakWoodKite

        What is a real concern to me is the Senate and House IC members know that there are other leaks out there and have some probable cause evidence on who these people are with loose lips… and “big ears”. Tip of the Iceberg is what we see.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jo-Freespirit/100000801917982 Jo Freespirit

       You’re right.   It’s doesn’t happen everyday.  This seems to indicate that their concern is genuine – well, as genuine as pols get. 

  • HELENK2

    Senator Mc Cain is on Hannity talking about just how serious these leaks are.

    for three years, I have believed that backtrack was the worse enemy of my  country  and he was put in the position where he could do the most harm.
    nothing has changed my opinion

  • Hokma

    Great heading and compelling post. Well done.

    One question is why is Obama campgin manager David Axelrod in National Security meetings? Exactly what level of national security clearance does a political campaign manager have?

    • HoosierinDixie

      Not only that Hokma but Eric Holder admitted to Congress today that Axelrod is consulting with him and Obama on how to respond to questions regarding Fast and Furious.  

      • TeakWoodKite

        That is obstruction of justice.

        • HoosierinDixie

          I don’t know if it’s obstruction Teak but it puts him smack dab into the middle of the cover-up.

    • TeakWoodKite

      If POTUS says so … I would surmise “need to know” is the deciding factor. Since, BO is clueless, Axelrod needs to know.

  • HELENK2
  • HELENK2

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77171.html

    press conference on national security leaks

    • TeakWoodKite

      Obama: “Leak accusations are ‘offensive’.”

      What is offensive is that Obama approved these leaks to futher his own political goals at the expense of National Security. Sick Bastard.

  • HELENK2

    if Bradly Manning is on trial for leaking info to wikileaks, why no trial for these leakers??????

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Amen.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Amen.

  • HELENK2

    bronwyn
    you owe no one an explanation your posts are always well thought out, very informative and good reading.
    Thank You for your work.

    Now put you feet up relax and enjoy life 

    • EllenD818

       I second that!

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Thanks so much, Helen.  Unfortunately, I’m missing the gene that lets me relax once in a while even if a job isn’t done as well as I could.  Since there’s not much I care about more than this blog and having something to add to it, it’s embarrassing and self-pitying to include a mea culpa in a post. But I was pretty sure there were lots of typos and missing words — cuz of no sleep + stress.  I used to think I was a decent proofreader, but nowadays, when I am that tired, it’s just pointless.  

      Along with friend, I lugged my laptop to the hospital, prepared to be able to relax and finish the story before I got tired — since we’re not close enough for me to sit with her during a doc exam — but I had trouble getting a wireless connection and then it hit me (boing!) that I had facts all wrong about the CIA’s Wall, so had to rewrite that entire section.  THEN I read what Feinstein said, so scrubbed the original intro + wrote a new one.  Could NOT find a usable video of her — wasted time hunting for one. THEN the E.R. was unexpectedly efficient and it turned out that her prescription took even longer to fill, but I hadn’t brought the laptop inside the pharmacy.Hint: need a proofreader.  Not kidding.

      Now to fix some easy dish I can deliver to her that she can get down. So happens I have ingredients for cheesecake, and that might make it past her extremely painful throat (strep throat along with bad case of flu and very high temp). 

      • HELENK2

         when you are done

        SIT DOWN, FEET UP, LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kTAT4vj_hI

        • Flop_Flipper

          Nice music. Thanks for the memories. I have actually stood on a corner in Winslow, Arizona….. way back in the 70s.

        • DianaLC

          Hey, you must have never seen the Big Lebowski.  My younger son made me go to a midnight showing at one of the local art theaters.  It was packed with people, most of who were reciting the lines along withe the actors.  My younger son would give the famous line about how the Eagles “suck” if I put one of their CDs on.

          My older son, however, did stop in Winslow on his way home for leave from the Navy (he was stationed in San Diego).  He asked a passerby to take a picture of him standing on a corner in Winslow so I could have one to look at when I played my Eagles CD.

      • KWynne

        Bronwyns,

        It’s almost as if the obama administration is not so certain that he’s going to win in November, so, in case he doesn’t, they intend to do as much damage to our country as humanly possible.

        I find it very telling that the MSM is not attacking obama with the same venom they did with the bush administration when Plame was outed.

      • FLDemFem

         bronwyn, the best thing for that is flan. It’s easy to make and very nutritious. Here is a link to a good recipe..fast and easy.
        http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/sweetsanddesserts/r/easyflan.htm

  • HELENK2

    http://freebeacon.com/axelrod-on-independent-counsel-for-leaks-we-welcome-anybody-to-look-at-anything/

    axelrod and backtrack track do not get their stories straight on wanting and independent counsel to investigate national security leaks

    • HoosierinDixie

      Speaking of special investigations…..Does anyone else think it was a little odd that federal prosecuter Fitzspatrick just up and resigned out of the blue? 

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Hoosier, I’d love to know what you’re thinking about Fitzgerald.  That one’s had me stumped so your thoughts are needed.  The only reason I’ve heard – but doees it explain it? – is that Fitzgerald has been a lead U.S. Atty for far longer than typical / was past time to resign, go private.

        Just FYI: There’s a wealth of info on Fitzgerald in Larry Johnson’s posts here at NoQ @Flop_Flipper:disqus 
         the times a CIA NOC, Valerie Plame, was outed. Google “NoQuarter Valerie Plame Wilson Fitzgerald Larry Johnson” or fewer terms. ALSO: Scroll to near end of this site’s skinny middle column for video of Congressional testimony of Larry + Patrick Lang, etc.

        Will we ever know how many of Val’s top-secret “alliances” in other countries were exposed, imprisoned, tortured, executed solely becuz Cheney/Rove/ et al. used her to try to sever her husband’s vocal cords?

        • HoosierinDixie

          I too heard that explanation but I question the timing. After months of no news, last week I saw a little clip on tv about Rezko wanting to talk about Blago but was very adamantly refusing to talk about Obama.  Two days later Fitzgerald is out. Yes it is true he has been on the job longer than expected but I can’t seem to shake the feeling that the two events are related. It is also my understanding that his resignation was effective immediately. Why the rush? I could be wrong but it just doesn’t seem quite right to me.