So NOW the CIA wants leaks probed?
This is just incredible. From Fox News Online:
Besieged by leaks of several closely held secrets, the CIA has asked the Justice Department to examine what it regards as the criminal disclosure of a secret program to kill foreign terrorist leaders abroad, The Washington Times has learned.
Two U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because of the sensitivity of the case, said the leak investigation involved a program that CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told Congress about in June and that surfaced in news reports just a month later.
I have two reactions to this. It’s about time, and why wasn’t this a huge issue when George W. Bush was President? You know, when we were actually fighting wars and killing terrorists instead of fragging our CIA interrogators? It goes on:
The vice chairman of the the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declined to discuss any possible leak investigations but told the Times on Thursday that a growing number of disclosures of highly secret programs, tactics and other information had caused “irreparable damage” to the U.S. intelligence community.
“They foil our attempts to carry out classified missions,” Sen. Christopher S. Bond said in an interview. “They tell our intelligence community: We don’t have your back; we’re stabbing you in the back. Our allies ask us, ‘How can we trust you to deal in classified matters in private, when the details are leaked to the press?'”
Another thought comes to mind. That the liberal bureaucrats that have infested our national security apparatus feel it is now OK to blab about every little thing that goes on inside the CIA – almost like a grade school girl who thinks she will be more popular the more secrets she divulges. They do it to damage the agency they work for and hate. Hey, if they are able to live in America, reap its bounty and hate it at the same time, this should be a cakewalk for them.
The more ominous development, and one that follows as a natural consequence of the grade school girl approach to secrets adopted by this administration, is that no one trusts us any more. This can’t help but further erode our ability to operate our intelligence apparatus, and I can’t help think that the administration simply doesn’t care. In the Blame America For Everything Bizzaro World of Barack Obama, unilaterally disarming the CIA is an olive branch to every entity on earth, who will gladly behead all of us anyway.
Maybe Director Panetta is serious about this. Or maybe it is just one more hollow effort to quiet the revolt that is surely growing inside the agency, just like the ridiculous rumor that he – a loyal liberal footsoldier – would actually resign in protest over CIA agents being prosecuted by Obama’s administration.
Hopefully this is real. If it is, Democrats all over the country are nervously shifting their feet. Somehow I don’t think this is going all that far.