Treasonous Times Leaks Again
The New York Times, beloved by terrorists for its revelations about ongoing U.S. operations around the world, has once again leaked what could be crucial information in their perpetual effort to hamper American actions around the world and to cause countries that may clandestinely assist the U.S. to cease such cooperation.
The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.
Oh Scary! The military has actually been doing its job of being proactive to defend America and her interests! And this is a problem?
These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States.
Hmm, aren’t most National Security directives secret? Hasn’t it been the job of the military to destroy Al Qaeda terrorists wherever in the world they can be found? Would the Times like us to declare war on every country that we discover an Al Qaeda cell operating in? Let’s see, that list could include Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, etc… Suppose the country can’t deal with the problem itself? Aren’t they allowed to ask for assistance?
In 2006, for example, a Navy Seal team raided a suspected militants’ compound in the Bajaur region of Pakistan, according to a former top official of the Central Intelligence Agency. Officials watched the entire mission — captured by the video camera of a remotely piloted Predator aircraft — in real time in the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center at the agency’s headquarters in Virginia 7,000 miles away.
Go SEALS! Pass the popcorn please!
Some of the military missions have been conducted in close coordination with the C.I.A., according to senior American officials, who said that in others, like the Special Operations raid in Syria on Oct. 26 of this year, the military commandos acted in support of C.I.A.-directed operations.
You mean that evil C.I.A. actually does some useful work once in a while instead of just leaking information designed to be damaging to our President and National Security? Oh, wait….
But as many as a dozen additional operations have been canceled in the past four years, often to the dismay of military commanders, senior military officials said. They said senior administration officials had decided in these cases that the missions were too risky, were too diplomatically explosive or relied on insufficient evidence.
Heh, so there were adults in charge who sometimes ruled out an operation? Not knowing the underlying facts I, unlike the NY Times, have to assume they used good judgement. So why is this a bad thing?
More than a half-dozen officials, including current and former military and intelligence officials as well as senior Bush administration policy makers, described details of the 2004 military order on the condition of anonymity because of its politically delicate nature. Spokesmen for the White House, the Defense Department and the military declined to comment.
Well, duh, commenting on secret operations wouldn’t make them very secret now would it? It would be quite instructive to know who leaked and thus degraded our national security.
The nuts and bolts of the revelation is that someone instituted a common sense mechanism to assist in the war against terrorism. It drastically reduced the amount of time needed to make a decision, it provided a framework to explain operations that might fail, it provided a means to act at the behest of foreign nations that might not want it to be known that they were secretly assisting the United States, and it enabled commanders on the ground to nominate targets rather than the orders coming down from above.
All of these are desperately needed to win the war and none of them should come as a surprise to anyone.
Leaking them to the world just puts countries and leaders that have cooperated with the U.S. in jeopardy and reduces their ability or eagerness to assist.
The Times is no stranger to turning over vital information to terrorists. In 2006 they revealed details about the cooperation foreign bankers were giving in helping to trace the funding routes and sources that terrorist rely on.
Treason is the stock in trade of the New York Times.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit,