Sunday, April 23, 2006

The CIA and their arrogance.

Well, finally they’ve fired one of those arrogant CIA assholes. It’s about time. Although I’m several years out of the “business,” it’s been obvious that many of the recent big stories were all about sources and methods, therefore harmful. This person did grave damage to the United States, and should be prosecuted next.

What did she do wrong you ask? Isn’t “leaking” part of the Washington game? That is true – but there is a difference between between leaking political strategy and disclosing classified information. One is part of the game, another is a crime. Yes, by sharing classified information she violated the law. Everyone granted access to classifed information is knows what the security classifications means.

Here’s a refresher from the Brits. Information is classified because unauthorized disclosure of the information can be expected to damage the interests of our nation:

TOP SECRET Exceptionally grave damage to the nation
SECRET Serious injury to the interests of the nation
CONFIDENTIAL Prejudicial to the interests of the nation

Before you think that the classification system would be abused to protect politicians, know that there are specific prohibitions against classifying information simply because it would cause embarrassment.

“….Goss, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that "the damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission..."

Bottom line. She put her own agenda over that of the nation. She violated a trust and should be held to account for it.

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