Even Stalwart California Democrat Diane Feinstein Concerned About "Avalanche of Security Leaks" as Obama Uses Results of Classified Missions to "Puff" His Credentials
by Suzanne Kelly
"As lawmakers call for formal investigations into
the sources of recent leaks that have divulged details of highly
classified national security programs, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is looking
to the Intelligence Authorization Bill as a way to make people who leak
such information more accountable.
In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room, Feinstein
said, "I think 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."
Ranking members of both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees
have joined Feinstein, D-California, in her calls for adding provisions
that would require that lawmakers be notified in a more timely fashion
when authorized disclosures are made, and for individuals to report the
rationale behind those decisions. Other provisions are expected to call
for more robust investigations of unauthorized disclosures of
information and are expected to ask for additional authorities that
would make it easier to drill down on the source of leaks and then
prosecute those found to be responsible.
Government employees with access to highly classified information are
violating federal laws and nondisclosure agreements if they pass
classified information to persons who have not been cleared to receive
. . . .
Comment: Numerous terrorist plots were thwarted by the Bush administration but not a word was said about them. [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/08/9-11-annive... ]We never saw President Bush coming on TV to brag about the latest success of U.S. troops, the CIA and FBI. More importantly, we never saw him divulge classified information the way President Obama did when he revealed that we had a sample of Osama bin Ladens DNA for comparison to that of the residents of the compound where he was located. That bit of information led directly to the Pakistani's being able to identify the doctor who assisted the U.S., arrest him, and sentence him to twelve years in prison. Nice going, Narcissist-in-Chief!
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