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Monday, June 11, 2012

Plug the leaks...

   For those of  you  may still cling to the assumption that Eric Holder is doing what is best for this nation had better
wise up. "Fast and Furious" has our Attorney General smack in the middle of a gun running operation across US borders, which in itself is treasonous. Not only is fast and furious unanswered but holder is joined in a suit against Arizona with Mexico. This is the first time this American History that the US justice department has entered into s suit against one
of our own states. All of that said, we all know Holder was leaking info to boost obama's macho image for the electorate
 Info so classified that many operatives are now in severe danger of death.
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   So Attorney General Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder has let slip the dogs of war on those intelligence leaks that had President Obama in such a swivet Friday — assigning a pair of US attorneys to the case.
   Puppies of war is probably more like it, given the obstructionist pace the Justice Department has adopted in the now-infamous “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal — to say nothing of other politically sensitive subjects.
    Sure, Obama was in high dudgeon Friday, stating flatly, “The notion that the White House would purposely release classified national-security information is offensive.”

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   Offensive, yes. Incredible, no — not at all.
Fact is, most casual observers have concluded by now that Team Obama has turned The New York Times’ front page into a national-security newsletter — spilling such top-secret nuggets as:
* America’s role in creating the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran’s nuclear program.
* News of that al Qaeda bomb plot in Yemen last month.
* Operational specifics of the SEAL raid that sent Osama bin Laden to his eternal reward — in such detail that future operations may have been precluded.
ï* And Obama’s oversight of a “kill list” of alleged terrorist targets for drone strikes
   Sen. John McCain wondered if the “disturbing stream” of leaks is meant to make Obama look tough and “further the president’s political ambitions for the sake of his re-election.” He’s called for a special prosecutor — more on which below.
   Republicans aren’t alone in their fury. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, plans to hold hearings into the leaks.
   And as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said last week, “I’ve been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years, and I have never seen it worse.”
   It was so bad that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates felt compelled to offer National Security Adviser Tom Donilon “a new strategic communications approach.”
“Shut the f--k up,” Gates said. Spot on!
     But the White House doesn’t seem willing or able to plug its holes, which place frontline agents in danger and are souring relations with America’s allies.
   Obama has promised that “if we can root out folks who have leaked, they will suffer consequences” — but on Friday he clearly had no specific plan to root out anyone.
Then came Holder’s two cents’ worth.
   True, Obama has prosecuted some leakers — but they’ve been small fry.
The big fish — like the so-called “members of the president’s national-security team who were in the room,” to quote from the Times’ “kill-list” story — seem to have nothing to fear. So even Levin’s Senate inquiry likely won’t be enough.
   As for McCain’s call for a special prosecutor — well, this can be uncertain ground. Special prosecutors have been known to abuse power themselves — but the gravity of the offenses here, and Holder’s demonstrated past fecklessness make it a reasonable option.
   At the least, the specter of jail time and real punishment should slow the flood of classified information. And if a prosecutor can “root out” Team Obama’s worst offenders, all the better.
   The leaks amount to slow-motion treason, and must be treated as such. If Obama is as offended as he says he is, let him appoint that special prosecutor.

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