Friday, December 30, 2005

NSA Requests Investigation into Leaks

There have been several investigations on the Hill in the past couple of decades. Some have the appearance of political vendetas, but this one is justified. Someone somewhere is giving away or selling classified information to people they should not.
The Justice Department Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of information to the media about a domestic eavesdropping domestic eavesdropping program run by the National Security Agency...

Officials have confirmed to FOX News that the FBI is involved in the investigation, but did not comment on whether other agencies were involved. One official has said the referral for the probe came from the NSA.[1]
Since December 16, 2005, the Democrats have been calling for hearings about the substance of the article in New York Times, along with a few Republicans. Others would prefer to know who keeps giving the national secrets away? One thing is certain, President Bush did not press for this investigation.
Bush didn't request the investigation and was informed of it today, said White House spokesman Trent Duffy at a press briefing in Crawford, Texas. The Justice Department is looking at the leak of classified information to the New York Times, which disclosed the spying conducted by the National Security Agency. [2]
Everything that has been in the news, such as the type of airplanes the CIA uses, the 'prisons' overseas, etc, amounts to a growing suspicion of who can be trusted at this crucial time in history? It is very important in times of war that the enemy not know your every move even before you make it.

Everything they learn, from the way the war is run, to the way Congress can't keep from being in front of a camera, endangers us. All of us.
White House spokesman Trent Duffy on Friday, speaking to reporters from the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, echoed previous comments from the administration, saying that terrorists want to strike again and leaks put America in danger.

"The fact is that Al Qaeda's playbook is not printed on page one. And when America's is, it has serious ramifications," Duffy said.[3]
Precisely. In the days after September 11, 2001, we found their training book. It teaches them to lie, complain about torture, accuse the USA of civil rights abuses, etc. According to precedent, terrorists do not have civil rights. We have a Constitution, we do not have a suicide pact.
"We believe that the President must have the best possible intelligence to protect the American people, but that intelligence must be produced in a manner consistent with our Constitution and our laws, and in a manner that reflects our values as a nation," the letter says.[4]
It has the appearance, at times, that the Democrats are more concerned with protecting the terrorists rights than those of the American people. They seem to find something wrong with everything about this war. Are they against this war? Why would they be against this war? It is hard to say.

The facts are we are at war with an enemy that is laughing whenever there is a political fight over the war, and THAT endangers our troops. Maybe, just once, Congress would have the decency to consider them.

Update: Andrew Cochran at Counter Terrorism has written an article that includes the news that the DOJ is indeed investigating the leak about CIA secret prisons. It is rather compelling, although I disagree with his choice for special investigator. Fitzgerald should have known there had been no crime committed with the Plame-gate. Please visit this site...often!

Other contributors:
Bill at Small Town Veteran has weighed in on this subject. I must say, I concur.
Michele Malkin has contributed FINALLY: JUSTICE DEPT. OPENS NSA LEAK PROBE.
A J Strata: DOJ Investigating NSA Leaks
Stop the ACLU: Justice Department Opens NSA Leak Probe
MacRanger: Calling Mr. Fitzgerald?
Stop the ACLU: ACLU Slams DOJ Investigation of NSA Whistleblower, Asks For Investigation To Be Called Off [Un-freakin'-believable! They do want the bad guys to win.]
Flopping Aces: Justice Dept. Finally Investigating The Leak
Dafydd ab Hugh: Expect Many Sudden New "Foreign Correspondents
Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive's has two excellent related posts here and here.
A J Strata: ACLU Claimed FISA Was Unconstitutional (And now they want Bush impeached for violating FISA?)
Click here to see Baldilocks's latest thoughts on the matter.
Iowa Voice: Justice Department Has Opened Investigation On NSA Leak
Dohiyi Mir: You Say 'Apple', I Say 'Orange' (A voice from the Liberal side of the aisle is healthy.) Justice Department Investigating NSA Leaks.
Sister Toldjah: Investigations begin into the NSA eavesdropping leak.

Sources: Fox News[1], Bloomberg[2], Fox News[3], and CNN[4].

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