Monday, February 16, 2009

Hold elected officials accountable for security leaks

Last Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California Alpha Centauri, remarked casually on the source of unpiloted drones used with great effectiveness to launch missiles against al Qaeda and Taliban targets in lawless areas of Pakistan.
The disclosure by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, marked the first time a U.S. official had publicly commented on where the Predator aircraft patrolling Pakistan take off and land.

At a hearing, Feinstein expressed surprise over Pakistani opposition to the campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against Islamic extremist targets along Pakistan's northwestern border.

"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said.
Un-fucking-believable. As pointed out in the first quoted paragraph, Feinstein chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. Surely she knows that such tidbits of information are classified? Has she never heard the term "OPSEC"? If this had been a military member letting slip such information, he'd lose his security clearance and be brought up on charges.

Is it any wonder that the majority of military members don't trust Democrats with affairs of national security?


Kris said...

Sheesh. It wasn't enough for her to give away details on the Night Stalker killings in the 80s, she has to up the stakes to national concerns.

Eric said...

Yeah, someone commented about that Night Stalker thing on one of the blogs. Yarrrgghh!

Mark said...

Just following in the tradition of leaky Leahy.