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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Where Is Dem Outrage At Our National Security Breach?

With their carping about the Valerie Plame, CIA outing controversy, the Democrats portrayed themselves as only interested in the national security breach rather than petty political benefits. They declare that their patriotism cannot be impugned as the breach of security by Scooter Libby's leak to a NYT reporter could have caused serious harm to our country.

Now, have we heard anything about the more egregious leak to the press of the government's wiretaps of conversations between people in America and cohorts in Muslim countries that conspire in terror?

Linda Chavez finds this issue an interesting "Double Standard". She writes:

The NSA leak, which appeared first in The New York Times on Dec. 16, could cripple intelligence operations in the war on terror. Yet virtually the entire focus of members of Congress since the leak has been on whether the president has broken any laws. Where is the outrage on the obvious lawlessness with regard to the leak itself? The level of detail suggests a source -- or sources -- with the highest level of security clearance and access to the nation's most sensitive secrets. Whoever it is that leaked this information should be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He or she has jeopardized national security, endangering American lives and compromising intelligence-gathering operations that have already thwarted attacks.

Leading Democrat NY Senator Chuck Schumer wrote this to the Deputy Attorney General James Comey about the Plame incident (from his website):

It goes without saying that our nation’s trusts with highly classified information, such as a covert agent’s identity and other national security material, is critically important in the protection of that information.

House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi wrote the GAO's David Walker (from her website):

Protecting our nation’s secrets is essential to protecting our nation’s security. Safeguarding the identities of covert intelligence officers is especially critical to protecting their lives and the lives of everyone they come into contact with...The disclosure of Valerie Plame’s covert CIA identity calls into doubt the adequacy of the procedures that the White House has followed to safeguard these vital national secrets.

Harry Reid's 11/1/05 comment on the Libby indictment (from the Senate Democratic Communications Center website)

This indictment raises very serious charges. It asserts this Administration engaged in actions that both harmed our national security and are morally repugnant. The decision to place U.S. soldiers in harm's way is the most significant responsibility the Constitution invests in the Congress.

Where are these leaders now that there has been a security breach, not of one office-worker in the CIA, but of a national security investigation of suspected terrorists?

My opinion is the Democrats are not , and never have been serious, about national security.

7 Comments:

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lying under aoth about adultery vs. cavalierly ignoring eaily satisfiable due process to obtain warrant for the eavesdropping? Which warrants impeachment? Think double standards abound here.

 
At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't there some Republicans who are outraged by the president's actions? Give them credit for being objective and nonpartisan on this one (no man is above the law). Basically, I believe that the president's acts are questionable and those of the democrats in their addressing concerns about his acts equally questionable. Breakdown of decency and discretion on both sides. Query: Isn't this bloog dedicated to slaying--intellectually--despots and tyrants? Why does the blog itself, in denouncing double or at least inconsistent standards not recognize its on deficiencies in this area and worry a bit about the president's excesses in the eavesdropping? Methinks there's much paretisanship here. Oh, well. Puffery is permitted under the law.

 
At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point. Where is this blog's outrage at the president's actions? OK to skip due process in an emergency, but to ignore due process routinely is not forgiveable.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think the circumstances are less than exigent and warrants on international phone calls to Saudi Arabia are required, then you are deluded in thinking we have made it this far since 9-11 without another terrorist event just based upon luck. The blog is calling out the Dems, not for their providing coherent Const arguments, but for their automatic shrillery bespeaking political rather than security interests.

Just look at the fool in the opening comment. Is that coherent? Relevant? Rationally expressed?

The blog's point is well made.

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Et Tu Bloge is right! The democrats are not now and have never been (not since Kennedy, J.F. that is)concerned about national security, whether it's the CIA, FBI or the US Armed Forces.

Harry Reid and his pals were not concerned about national security in the Plame affair - it was clearly about bringing down the Bush administration. There was no breach of National Security, Plame was not a covert officer under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982. In order to be a covert agent one would have to (according to that statute) have served abroad within the past 5 years. Plame did not. End of story. She was not covert, no breach of national security.

In the present case the NSA leak clearly could, as Linda Chavez states, "cripple intelligence operations in the war on terror"
and there is no concern over the leak itself?

Arguably these wiretaps were within the President's powers. Where is the outrage about the leak? Clear thinking people should be able to discern a difference between a CIA analyst being "outed" and the leak of operations currently being used by our intelligence services.

Wake up people, we are at war. Nay, its worse than war, they want us all dead!

 
At 3:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read »

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! » » »

 

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