Friday, June 08, 2012

Bipartisan Outrage At Obama National Security Leaks

For once, Obama actually is a uniter and not a divider.
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill don’t agree on much these days, but they agree that the Obama administration has a serious problem with leaking classified information.

And with national security in the balance, a group of congressional leaders says there’s an urgent need to get things back in line.
“A special prosecutor can take years. We don’t have years. We need to legislate, and we need to do things quickly,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday at a press conference of chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees.

(See also: 5 leaks that have Congress steamed)

The four legislators — Feinstein, Sen. Saxby Chambless (R-Ga.) and Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) — said they met Thursday morning with James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, and will receive a briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller later in the day.

But after a glut of stories about secret U.S. operations overseas – from an Associated Press reports of foiled Yemeni bomb plots to drone strikes in Pakistan to last week’s New York Times story confirming long-suspected U.S. involvement in development of the computer virus Stuxnet – they say it’s become clear that there’s a problem that the administration hasn’t been able to address on its own.

Last month’s revelation by Judicial Watch that the White House, the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency allowed filmmakers unusual access to people involved in the planning and execution of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has also caused concern.
We needed a special prosecutor to investigate who leaked Valerie Plame's identity. This is much more serious.


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