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  • Deadly Distraction

    CIA Director Leon Panetta

    First came the May brouhaha between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and CIA Director Leon Panetta over the agency allegedly misleading Congress about interrogations, which the recently-minted head spook refuted at the time.

    But like a double-agent, Panetta has now changed sides, reportedly telling Congress that the CIA withheld information from the Hill on another post-9/11 intelligence program, targeting al Qaeda.

    According to the media, the CIA conceived the program, but it was never “operationalized”; that is, it was never put into practice. Moreover, then-Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly directed that Congress not be briefed regarding the program.

    Now, adding a new wrinkle, late breaking news reports Congress did actually authorize the 7-year-old program in question, which Director Panetta deep-sixed after finding out about its existence in June and subsequently notifying Congress.

    Regardless, some Democratic House members are still calling for an investigation into the matter, which some observers see as mostly an effort to rehabilitate the Speaker’s reputation, which took a bruising in the May go-around with Langley.

    But while the unauthorized leaks to the media about the program in question are surely incomplete and selective, the fact is, politicizing intelligence is a dangerous sport. For instance: the last thing we need is for our intelligence community to be distracted by a battle royal with Congress. They have real work to do in providing intelligence that protects our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    We don’t need the CIA or others to become risk-adverse in these dangerous times, but instead be willing to take on the “hard targets,” like catching Osama bin Laden and collecting intelligence on the troubling Iranian and North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs. If we’re not careful, we could end up tying up senior intelligence officials and resources in inconclusive, politically-motivated investigations, rather having them expend their time and efforts in directing our first line of defense—the intelligence community.

    Our national security is earned one tough day at a time by brave, well-intentioned Americans. We can’t allow some on the Left to kick around their efforts like a political football, keeping them from the important tasks at hand.

    If we do, there’s sure to be a serious price to be paid.

    Posted in Security [slideshow_deploy]

    8 Responses to Deadly Distraction

    1. Mark Weist, Houston, says:

      Panetta has gone from being a political hack to a borderline traitor. What he has done is unconscionable. Or rather for everyone except for progressive ingrates. Somewhere down the line I hope he reaps what he is sowing.

    2. Gene Stewart, Redond says:

      I'm wondering what has happened to the "need to know" policy that has governed classified information in the military. When I served in the USN (1971-1975), it didn't matter how high your clearance was, if you didn't have a specific "need to know", you did not automatically have a right to information. This policy should be applied to the rest of the Government, period…

    3. Jeff Brodhead, WA (s says:

      Pelosi's 'bruises' are fully self-imposed. They are the manifestation of the disease within.

    4. Barb -mn says:

      Really! These people have no sense, make no sense and are untrustworthy. There's Joe Biden telling the world where the "secret bunker" is. All the lies and scaremongering from the majority. They step into their own deceit and get away with it. Where's the reprimand?

      They lack sense to know, the more ears that hear, more mouths will share! They can't even stand up to the Constitution! What they were taught and lived by growing up!

    5. M.D. Lindsay, Seattl says:

      It's interesting that just when the news becomes less favorable to Obama (down approval ratings, failure in Moscow)it suddenly becomes time to haul out the horrors of the Bush administration — [Congressional investigation again, Holder interested in investigating, CIA didn't tell Congress, investigate genocide in Afghanistan]. This is not the normal flow of news, but a tactic from the Obama playbook.

    6. JOHN N HART says:

      IT SEEMS TO ME NOW THAT LEON PANETTA IS REALLY GEORGE TENNANT WITH A FACE TRANSPLANT..GEN HAYDEN WAS A REALLY GOOD AND HONEST DIRECTOR ..THE AGENCY NEEDS THAT NOW NOT ALL THIS BS THAT'S GOING ON..WHAT THE HELL??IT'S A SPY AGENCY NOT A COLLEGE DEBATING TEAM..AND NOT EVEN MENTIONED ARE 61 TERRORIST PLOTS THWARTED SINCE 9/11 WITH CIA LEADING THE WAY.MR DIRECTOR,SPEAK UP FOR YOUR SUBORDINATES AND QUIT PLAYING POLITICS OR STEP DOWN..JNH

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