We no longer capture terrorists. Even if we did accidentally capture a terrorist, we would have to use the Army Field Manual to question them. Obviously that is no way to grill the enemy.
The United States not only doesn’t gather intelligence through intense questioning, we reveal our own top-secret information.
Last September, when Obama was taking heat from the public for his treatment of Netanyahu, information leaked out that Gates thought Netanyahu was “ungrateful” and that Hillary Clinton shared Obama’s displeasure with Netanyahu having seen it first hand when her husband was President. These leaks served Obama well at the time.
At the source of the most recent leaks are a book by David Sanger, Confront and Conceal. Articles by Sanger based on his book have appeared in Newsweek and the NY Times.
They show an unprecedented level of access to top level security that could only be obtained from the White House. There are quotes that only could have been obtained by Obama’s closest aides. No one has denied the truth of Sanger’s articles and details in the book so I have to assume the White House believes they are accurate.
Sanger himself said that the government okayed his Stuxnet article in the NY Times, in which Sanger revealed that the U.S. and Israel worked together on computer viruses (like Stuxnet) and worms aimed at setting back the Iranian nuclear program. [Politico]
Stuxnet is probably the worst leak because it endangers the United States and Israel. We had denied being party to these computer attacks and now we admit we orchestrated them. I hope the security community has endless ideas because as soon as they come up with one, the White House tells the world about it.
From the recent NY Times – Stuxnet article –
…Over the last few years, Iran has become the target of a series of notable cyberattacks, some of which were linked to its nuclear program. The best known of these was Stuxnet, the name given to a computer worm, or malicious computer program.
According to an article in The New York Times in June 2012, during President Obama‘s first few months in office, he secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on Iran’s computer systems at its nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons.
Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet…
In 2011, we revealed that Israelis tested a worm that was considered crucial in delaying Iran’s nuclear program.
High security leaks were blatant after the Osama bin Laden raid.
A movie coming out about the bin Laden raid, Zero Dark Thirty, is said to glorify Barack Obama. Unprecedented access to confidential information and secure facilities were given to Kathryn Bigelow, the director, and the screenwriter Mark Boal.
Documents released under freedom of information laws showed the Pentagon and CIA divulged secret information about the commando unit, known as Seal Team Six. The filmakers were taken to a classified facility and toured CIA vaults.
Since Gates left the Obama administration, he has been vocal about his displeasure concerning the security leaks about the raid.
The leaks going on now are worse than the Assange leaks and they are putting people in the security field in danger. They are also going to eliminate any possible help from people in other countries for fear of their names being leaked.
Sanger’s book claims that Gates, while still on the job, went to see Donilon, Obama’s current national security advisor, and his team by Wednesday of that week and said, ‘I have a new strategic communications approach to recommend.’ When Donilon asked him what it was, Gates replied, “Shut the f… up.” [Weekly Standard]
Apparently, Donilon did not take Gates sage advice.
The NY Times article about the President’s “kill-list” has the president personally directing drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen. The information, according to the paper came from “three dozen” of the president’s “current and former advisers.”
The article has Obama poring over biographies of people to be killed “on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war.” The article continues by referring to the fact that collateral damage is no longer part of the equation. Then there is the reference by one aide about concerns over it becoming “Whac-a-Mole. [NY Times]
The message from the article is that Obama is tough and courageous, assuming all the responsibility. It goes on to say Obama has eviscerated al Qaida. I don’t know what to believe about that, but I do know this information does not belong in the public domain.
Leaking information about what may or may not be happening in the Oval office is not the same as talking tough to foreign leaders and demanding their respect. This just makes the President look self-serving, even to the point of compromising Americans’ safety. He has appointed two special prosecutors instead of an independent prosecutor, leaving the investigation in the hands of the Executive which is likely the branch leaking the information.
Major Barack Kong Rides the Bomb, saving the earth with amazing courage –