Feinstein: Someone from the White House is leaking national-security secrets that coincidentally make Obama look good

posted at 10:01 am on July 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Weeks after Congress opened a probe into national security leaks that mysteriously arose making Barack Obama look good, we seem to have gotten a little close to the source.  Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said publicly yesterday that at least some of these reputation-burnishing leaks came from the White House that benefited from them:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, the Associated Press first reported.

Feinstein rushed to defend President Barack Obama, however:

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

Of course not.  That’s why a President hires staff and appoints political players — to do that kind of work for him.

Meanwhile, some of Obama’s other appointees outside the White House insisted that the leaked material didn’t come from them:

Last Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified in closed session before the House Armed Services Committee on the leaks. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., told reporters afterward that he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

“I feel pretty secure they were not” from the Pentagon, McKeon said after the three-hour hearing.

Leaks usually occur for two reasons: to make someone look good, and to make someone look bad.  Whistleblowing falls into the latter category, but it’s not the only impulse found with those kinds of leaks, either.  With leaks of the first type, the best question to ask is: Cui bono?  Who benefits?  While that’s not an evidentiary process, it’s usually a pretty reliable way for investigators and non-investigators to narrow the evidentiary search rationally and effectively.  Apparently, Feinstein agrees.

In a speech to the VFW today, Mitt Romney will demand an investigation into the leaks, and called on the White House to stop “stonewalling”:

Mitt Romney will be addressing the VFW Convention in Nevada this afternoon and, based on a prepared excerpt of his speech distributed by his campaign, he plans to demand President Obama conduct a “full and prompt investigation” of leaks of classified information that may have come from the White House.

“This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation, with explanation and consequence,” Mr. Romney’s speech says. “Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.” …

“It is not enough to say the matter is being looked into, and leave it at that. When the issue is the political use of highly sensitive national security information, it is unacceptable to say, ‘We’ll report our findings after Election Day,’” Mr. Romney says in the speech. “Exactly who in the White House betrayed these secrets? Did a superior authorize it? These are things that Americans are entitled to know – and they are entitled to know right now. If the President believes – as he said last week – that the buck stops with him, then he owes all Americans a full and prompt accounting of the facts.”

Don’t expect to see the White House immediately agreeing to an independent investigation, to say the least.


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The sheeple yawn, and turn on another episode of “The Bachlorette”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM

About as transparent as a brick.

birdhurd on July 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

“I feel pretty secure they were not” from the Pentagon, McKeon said after the three-hour hearing.

And before the day is over we’ll have a statement from Hillary saying, “it sure as hell wasn’t somebody from the State Department.”

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

“Make me look good…but don’t tell me” – O

Electrongod on July 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible.

NOW THAT’S IGNORANT!

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Someone from the White House is leaking national-security secrets that coincidentally make Obama look good

Another amazing coincidence. During the Bush admin all of the national security leaks that coincidentally made Bush look bad.

What an amazing coincidence both of these things happened in the span of only a handful or so years. What are the odds?

And what does this say about Democrats?

farsighted on July 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I am not a big fan of Mitt, but one thing I am certain of, he would never, ever, leak or condone leaking of anything that would compromise our intelligence.
This is a man, businessman, who lived in a world that kept things like this “secret” until the appropriate time. If he had ever leaked any of his past associations, possible takeover, potential buyouts, he would have been thrown in jail…but then, that wouldn’t matter because he is the type of man who just wouldn’t do that, it would be beyond his capacity to think of such a thing.
He would do things (and has done things) to protect his cronies, but never to compromise his position.
Obama on the other hand, knows no other way but to compromise whatever “morals” he has, if any.

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I certainly would like to find the scumbag who is leaking this info. I just hope that this level of accountability that Romney is calling for will exist once he occupies the Oval Office.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Feinstein said she was certain that President Obama had not disclosed any of the classified intelligence, but believed others in the administration were responsible

I’m sorry, but where does the “buck stop”?

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

How does Obama administration keep getting away with all this stuff? F&F,All the Executive orders, suing states, refusing to enforce laws, etc

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Next thing you know these people will be telling us something totally outrageous. Something like Obama eats dog.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

It won’t be long and they will post the nuclear codes on the net.

docflash on July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

How could Feinstein be sure it wasn’t the President if she didn’t know who did it in his administration? That dog don’t hunt like ol’ Bill used to say.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Another amazing coincidence. During the Bush admin all of the national security leaks that coincidentally made Bush look bad.

What an amazing coincidence both of these things happened in the span of only a handful or so years. What are the odds?

And what does this say about Democrats?

farsighted on July 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Pretty simple. They care only for power for themselves, doesn’t matter how much the country is hurt.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The sheeple yawn, and turn on another episode of “The Bachlorette”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM

If you weren’t into this stuff, wouldn’t you tune it out? It’s nothing shocking:Democrats leak secrets and then lie about it. Nothing that hasn’t been done before. It IS boring. Appalling, but since it’s old hat, it’s boring.

thebrokenrattle on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

because the men in the republican party do not have the balls.

you’re welcome.

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Judging from the excerpt, this promises to be one helluva speech.

Naturally Curly on July 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Gone are the days when the guy in charge is responsible for anything that the folks in the shop happen to do. Even Obama’s flacks are out there parroting, ‘It wa’nt me!’ and ‘It wa’nt Obama!’ like a group of thumb sucking and nose picking 6-yr olds on the playground.

ted c on July 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

Well, this only proves she’s as dumb as a fence post.

DaveDief on July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Dianne Feinstein is a criminal, straight up period. She should at the very minimum be sharing a cell with former California Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

In her career as California Senator she has illegally funneled HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars into her husband’s construction company. But as you all know, Democrat do not get charged with criminal charges when they are congress people.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I’m sorry, but where does the “buck stop”?

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

It “stops with you.” Barky told us that last week.

bofh on July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

And what about Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood?

kirkill on July 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Yawn
-lsm

cmsinaz on July 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I’m sorry, but where does the “buck stop”?

right2bright on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you. Source

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Had Bush’s White House done this same thing we’d be hearing about it 365/24/7

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I blame Huma Abedin.

ToddPA on July 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

because the men in the republican party do not have the balls.

you’re welcome.

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

And the one who truly deserves to be impeached has that magic melanin that renders him impervious to criticism.

swinia sutki on July 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

How does Obama administration keep getting away with all this stuff? F&F,All the Executive orders, suing states, refusing to enforce laws, etc
why has no one been impeached?
Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Because he’s white and black. It’s taking a little longer. But voting him out on Nov 6 will equate to his “impeachent”.

gracie on July 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Well, this only proves she’s as dumb as a fence post.

DaveDief on July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Fence Posts are offended by this comment. Fence Posts are actually useful.

kirkill on July 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Correctamundo del

cmsinaz on July 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

because the men in the republican party do not have the balls.

you’re welcome.

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The Republican male Politician in America has been
De-Nutted.

..and people wonder why I support Republican women….

ToddPA on July 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Heeere she comes to saaave.the.daaay, it’s Mighty Feinstein with her Squirrel Destraction Printing Press.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Meanwhile, the Pakistani doctor who told us where Bin Laden was hiding rots in jail for 33 years, while the Big O tells us what a gutsy call he made. So how many other foreign informants will have the guts to help us find other terrorists, if this is how they are treated?

Steve Z on July 24, 2012 at 10:21 AM

The Lamestream Media seem to be more concerned about Romney’s tax returns than they are about finding the traitor who is leaking national security secrets.

I’m shocked, shocked, I say!

Old Fritz on July 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

About as transparent as a brick.

birdhurd on July 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

And dumber than a brick.

CurtZHP on July 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Feinstein enjoys lecturing the world on how very, very much she supports gun ownership “AS LONG AS THE GUNS ARE REGISTERED AND THE USERS LICENSED”…

Round em up, rawhiide.

I’ve read the 2nd Amendment and, you know, I just can’t find that in there.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Mrs. Feinstien better watch her back. Doesn’t she know that if you’re a democrat you NEVER speak the truth about this administration?
Look for her to join Cory Boooker and others under that big ole bus.

bluealice on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

And the one who truly deserves to be impeached has that magic melanin that renders him impervious to criticism.

swinia sutki on July 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM

oh, i know. somedays i just hate being a white man. everyday i am forced to be accountable for my actions. UGH!

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Funny how Obama is never around for the bad stuff, just like a child. He has plenty of company on the left.

arand on July 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I think you know the answer to that. GOP leadership in D.C. doesn’t want to look mean or predatory or racist. They prefer to look weak and feckless and appeasing.

Right Mover on July 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Democrat Senate

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The Lamestream Media seem to be more concerned about Romney’s tax returns than they are about finding the traitor who is leaking national security secrets.

I’m shocked, shocked, I say!

Old Fritz on July 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

That would be… Because they already know who the leaker is.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Dianne Feinstein is a criminal, straight up period. She should at the very minimum be sharing a cell with former California Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

In her career as California Senator she has illegally funneled HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars into her husband’s construction company. But as you all know, Democrat do not get charged with criminal charges when they are congress people.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM

And, who knows to what extent they’ve got their hands in the latest California Boondoggle, that “train” that’s going to be built with more borrowed money to take illegal aliens from the south of the state on up to San Francisco Wonderland.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Old Fritz on July 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM

That would be… Because they already know who the leaker is.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

You bet your booties they do.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

What national security secret makes Obama look good???

This is Ed Morrissey, voice of a (supposedly) conservative blog, claiming that Obama looks good in regards to national security and foreign policy.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I’m sure Barry will protect the leaks with “Executive Privilege”.

GarandFan on July 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it.
 
urban elitist on February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

rogerb on July 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Judging from the excerpt, this promises to be one helluva speech.

Naturally Curly on July 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Yeppers. Watch the media set it’s hair on fire. “How dare he talk bad about Obama..HE KILLED BIN LADIN!!!..by himself..alone..he’s sooo brave”

bluealice on July 24, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Obama only does three things.
If Obama stopped stonewalling, he wouldn’t be doing anything at all except campaigning and fundraising.

MAC1000 on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mrs. Feinstien better watch her back. Doesn’t she know that if you’re a democrat you NEVER speak the truth about this administration?

Ms. Feinstein has already been in the administration’s crosshairs. Do an internet search for the late Kam Kuwata, who was her campaign manager and a supposed unwelcome witness to some strange behavior by Teh One during the Dem convention in Denver 4 years ago.

Right Mover on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

What national security secret makes Obama look good???

This is Ed Morrissey, voice of a (supposedly) conservative blog, claiming that Obama looks good in regards to national security and foreign policy.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Just another example that the parties are one in the same: the War Party, the Establishment Party, the Big Government Party … whichever name you choose. Here is Ed, not defending conservatism, not defending the Constitution, but defending the establishment that is acting imperially and unconstitutionally.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Brian Ross says the leaker was somebody from the Tea Party who secretly infiltrated the White House.

Of course he has no evidence of that but he just wants you to know it could be a possibility.

Flora Duh on July 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I certainly would like to find the scumbag who is leaking this info. I just hope that this level of accountability that Romney is calling for will exist once he occupies the Oval Office.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Anita Dunn, Axelrod, Emanuel…looking at the people who claim to have left the Administration while they haven’t, not in reality (Dunn still has an office in the White House). Then there’s the National Security Adviser and, and…you know, how difficult IS it to identify and hold responsible a spy in the Executive Branch? And why isn’t Obama being held responsible? Because he is.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Transparent Panetta. Or is it Transparent Leon?

Bmore on July 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I think I hear a dime bag calling your name.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The WH leaking propaganda? I’m shocked./

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Mrs. Feinstien better watch her back. Doesn’t she know that if you’re a democrat you NEVER speak the truth about this administration?

Ms. Feinstein has already been in the administration’s crosshairs. Do an internet search for the late Kam Kuwata, who was her campaign manager and a supposed unwelcome witness to some strange behavior by Teh One during the Dem convention in Denver 4 years ago.

Right Mover on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

She and her husband are very major if not chieftans of the Democratic Party pursestrings. They “manage” the majority of the dough that the DNC uses and needs to do it’s dirty deeds.

So whatever blowback Feinstein experienced I assume was “corrective tapping” from Obama and Soros. Yanking the leash, so to speak, to get their full attention.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

…Axlerot and JugEars know NOTHING about this *wink…wink*!
Why do I think this will drag out until next year?

.
.

Old Fritz on July 24, 2012 at 10:22 AM
That would be… Because they already know who the leaker is.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

……I think you are correct by the way.

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Just another example that the parties are one in the same: the War Party, the Establishment Party, the Big Government Party … whichever name you choose. Here is Ed, not defending conservatism, not defending the Constitution, but defending the establishment that is acting imperially and unconstitutionally.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Talking to yourself again, I see.

Please define “the War Party” for us.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Ms. Feinstein has already been in the administration’s crosshairs. Do an internet search for the late Kam Kuwata, who was her campaign manager and a supposed unwelcome witness to some strange behavior by Teh One during the Dem convention in Denver 4 years ago.

Right Mover on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Or, of course, Feinstein simply received the customary ripoff from another Leftwinger.

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

So the POTUS is responsible for everything except the leaks coming from his own circle of minions.

How many military guys died because some jackass decided to blab about the Bin Laden killing, but hey, anything to make TFGRP look good.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Nixon had The Plumbers to stop the leaks. Obama has the Truth Team to promote the leaks.

Curtiss on July 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Feinstein obviously has no scruples or shame.

SouthernGent on July 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Democrats spin so hard that you could use them as a window fan on a hot day.

UltimateBob on July 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM

How many military guys died because some jackass decided to blab about the Bin Laden killing, but hey, anything to make TFGRP look good.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Does anyone, other than Calif’s Difi think the Narcissist Barry Obama does not control every aspect in his white House. Particularly now as he would not want a scandal to affect him.

democratsarefools on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

why has no one been impeached?

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

because the men in the republican party do not have the balls.

you’re welcome.

GhoulAid on July 24, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Dem. Senate=futile, see Billy Jeff.

hillsoftx on July 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

What part of the fact that killing Bin Laden was a COVERT military operation, don’t you understand?

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee

Will Chris Matthews call her a racist?

BacaDog on July 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Your world frightens and confuses me.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

There are some things that blithering idiots such as yourself have No Need to Know. Whenever the word “People” comes up, a Lefty is somewhere near.

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM

just checked that hot air continues to have ZERO news about the libor scandal… maybe romney is getting too much money from thieving corrupt banks?

nathor on July 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Why exactly does anyone need to know methods, personnel, or equipment used? Besides endangering the lives of our soldiers, how does knowing these things advance the cause of liberty? Knowing that OBL got the proverbial double tap in his Pakistani compound is enough information. The rest are details that can be used to endanger our troops.

May God never put me in a foxhole with you.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

He’s focused like a laser on jobs, buckling down to put America back to work. So why don’t you take your bigoted face away from here and stop being such a bigot.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

What part of the fact that killing Bin Laden was a COVERT military operation, don’t you understand?

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Did you seriously just make this post? Talk about tone deaf.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I feel pretty secure that DOJ is on the case so Administration stonewalling will be both effective and successful.

Dusty on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

SQUIRREL!

Lourdes on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Heh.

So did Obama have gun fire and blood curdling screams,
(from those Sweet home Chicago streets) sound effects
in the background when he was singing this??

ToddPA on July 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Did you seriously just make this post? Talk about tone deaf.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Back to your Inferno, Dante.

kenny on July 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

What part of the fact that killing Bin Laden was a COVERT military operation, don’t you understand?

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

“Hello, Adolph? Yeah this is Ike. Say listen, in about a month or so we’ll be landing on the Normandy coast and not in Calais, and you might want to strengthen St. Mere Eglise….hint hint. Oh, we also captured an Enigma machine and have been reading your mail for years now. So anyway, yeah, ok talk to you later.”

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Did you seriously just make this post? Talk about tone deaf.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Paulnut Troll says what? Excuse me…I’m a might deef.

Bishop – LOL.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Considering Dante’s particular malfunction is probably one of those individuals who thinks the United States were the aggressors during WWII. I don’t think he will grasp what you’re are pointing out.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It won’t be long and they will post the nuclear codes on the net.

docflash on July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

They already did. The code is…….1

………..2

………..3

………..4

Nutstuyu on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Since you’ve obviously never served in the military or in the intelligence community, you have no idea what it is like to put your life on the line for missions that require secrecy so that the enemy (you know, the guys who don’t like America) doesn’t know where you are or what you’re doing.

I’m about fed up with your idea of libertarianism.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The more important question is why Romney won’t release 10 years of tax info!
/sarc

gwelf on July 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Since you’ve obviously never served in the military or in the intelligence community, you have no idea what it is like to put your life on the line for missions that require secrecy so that the enemy (you know, the guys who don’t like America) doesn’t know where you are or what you’re doing.

I’m about fed up with your idea of libertarianism.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I was agreeing with you. We need government to protect us. The less we know, the better. It’s all to keep us safe, and that’s what’s important.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Nutstuyu on July 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Lol. I have heard that is actually the truth. That the Pentagon leaves the access codes simple for quick and easy use. The movie like “football” is all for show and the only thing they really need is the President’s approval to launch.

NotCoach on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Yes, we need government to act in secrecy. The people must not know what our overlords are doing. It’s all for our protection.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Yup….Oh you may not want to venture outside right now…
there’s a Drone overhead about ready to exterminate your azz.
Apparently your grass is a half inch too high….

ToddPA on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I was agreeing with you. We need government to protect us. The less we know, the better. It’s all to keep us safe, and that’s what’s important.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Your sarcasm truly stinks. If you don’t care about the lives of our Brightest and Best, that’s your problem. Take it somewhere else.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

As if leaking national security secrets is as bad as car elevators…

Typical wingnut nothingburger…

CorporatePiggy on July 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The kiss and tell President.

DDay on July 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Since you’ve obviously never served in the military or in the intelligence community, you have no idea what it is like to put your life on the line for missions that require secrecy so that the enemy (you know, the guys who don’t like America) doesn’t know where you are or what you’re doing.

I’m about fed up with your idea of libertarianism.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The only thing Dante has ever served, is himself a second helping of chronic.

SWalker on July 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Your sarcasm truly stinks. If you don’t care about the lives of our Brightest and Best, that’s your problem. Take it somewhere else.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Beautiful straw man. Who could have predicted that?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,” she said of the president.

If a lowly seaman runs the ship aground guess who gets blamed? If his people talked about it Obama is responsible. Something to do with “the buck stops here” that Truman used to advocate.

Herb on July 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Beautiful straw man. Who could have predicted that?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Strawman, my hindquarters. You get called out on your garbage and you yell strawman. You’ve done it a hundred million times. We’re all used to it by now.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This woman is a pos, so anything coming out of her mouth is a pile……….;-)

angrymike on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Beautiful straw man. Who could have predicted that?

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That’s always your refuge. Straw men. There is no straw man argument that he made. You’ve made it clear that there is no call for government to have any secrets, including national security/military matters. He simply called you out that such a stance costs the lives of the people who serve to protect us.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It’s always been a good idea to let your enemies know exactly how you can track them down, and also to let them know in advance when and where you will be operating.

I know our guys in Afghanistan like the idea of letting the Taliban know where to place body-shredding IED’s for maximum effect.

Bishop on July 24, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Strawman, my hindquarters. You get called out on your garbage and you yell strawman. You’ve done it a hundred million times. We’re all used to it by now.

kingsjester on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

It was a straw man. You should learn what one is, not that it would stop you from making them. My position is advocating for the open government our Founders created, and I advocate that our citizens know what our government has done and the actions its taken. You have reframed this into a position that I don’t hold: that I don’t care about the lives of our “Brightest and Best”. That is a classic example of a straw man.

Further, the military is neither our brightest and best, even though some may be found in their ranks. The ranks of the entrepreneurs and innovators is where you will find our brightest and best.

Dante on July 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM

With leaks of the first type, the best question to ask is: Cui bono?

Sonny & Cher’s mixed-up son/daughter is the source of the leaks?!?

KS Rex on July 24, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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