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Friday, February 13, 2009

What Was That Old Saying?

Oh, yeah... now I remember... Loose Lips Sink Ships. I guess Diane Feinstein didn't get the memo.
A senior U.S. lawmaker said Thursday that unmanned CIA Predator aircraft operating in Pakistan are flown from an air base in that country, a revelation likely to embarrass the Pakistani government and complicate its counter-terrorism collaboration with the United States.

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. (emphasis mine- B)
After 9/11, when the invasions of Afghanistan and then Iraq were being discussed, the military and the Three Letter Agencies didn't really want to advise full Congressional committees. They had a good reason, too. Every time they'd have a briefing, some junior Congress Critter would run out and stand in front of a microphone, blabbing every single detail that they'd heard.

As the chair of the Intelligence Committee, you'd think Senator Feinstein would know what is classified information and what is for public consumption. And she should know when her actions could interfere with an ongoing operation. Since someone, somewhere, has told her this, we can only presume that she did it on purpose.

Isn't giving information (by leaking to the media or directly) to the enemy treason? Just saying...

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