Well, maybe now craw…maybe I should say ultra-hi PSI servo-acutuated grasper. There are secrets, classifications and security clearances for a reason. Largely, and in a way a simplification, it is to protect the means and methods by which our country gathers and processes sensitive information. There are multiple levels and compartments and other designations. For years I have been astounded at how cavalier elected politicians and the press are with sensitive information. I understand the need for an abbreviated and accelerated process to give security clearances to newly elected officials but it worries me. Even those officials who have held a clearance for many years concern me as I don’t think many of them understand the gravity of holding such access.
So with the debacle (from a professional, mature governing perspective) that was the days after the successful Osama bin Laden raid and the subsequent handling by the current administration in the White House, it looks like they’d rather tout what they authorized without regard to the security implications. From The Hill:
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) says the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency are investigating whether classified information was released to filmmakers on how Osama bin Laden was killed.
King received confirmation of the investigation in letters from Defense and the CIA that he made public on Thursday.
“Following a shockingly dismissive response to my request from White House press secretary Jay Carney, I am pleased that the inspectors general at DOD and the CIA agree with me that potential leaks to filmmakers are something worth investigating and taking action to address,” King said.
“The leaks that followed the successful bin Laden mission led to the arrests of Pakistanis and put in danger the mission’s heroes and their families,” he said. “Privately, individuals in the intelligence and special operations communities expressed support for my request for a probe. I look forward to an update on the investigation and actions taken thus far.”
DOD’s letter, dated Dec. 23, includes a Dec. 10 document from Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments Patricia Brannin that says, “We plan to begin subject investigation immediately.”
King has sought an investigation since the summer, when he cited reports that people making a movie about bin Laden’s killing were receiving classified information.
These charges led one House Republican to introduce legislation that would prevent the Obama administration from sharing information in order to make a bin Laden movie that could be released later this year.
The White House dismissed King’s concerns in August.
“We do not discuss classified information and 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,” Carney said.
What a clown. The DoD and CIA wouldn’t start investigations if they didn’t believe that something was up. When means and methods are disclosed – as they were as part of the administrations’ pressers after the event in May – they can hurt people in place conducting operations, limit capabilities for future operations and assist our foes in defeating our attempts for collect information.
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