Scandal going nowhere
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
May 16, 2013 10:01 AM | 1025 views | 6 6 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Republicans demand the president plug leaks that jeopardize national security. 
When he does, Republicans condemn Obama’s “attack” on the First Amendment.
Just last year, Sen. John McCain was outraged over series of news stories that divulged classified information. 
 
“A really disturbing aspect of this is that one could draw the conclusion from reading these articles that it is an attempt to further the president’s political ambitions for the sake of his re-election at the expense of our national security,” an indignant McCain declared.
 
 An equally incensed Obama denied the senator’s politically-motivated charges when he said the leaks didn’t come from the White House. He then ordered the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor. 
 
Fast forward to May, 2013. The Justice Department seized telephone records from the Associated Press with the goal of plugging the leaks McCain and other Republicans want plugged. 
 
But what about the First Amendment?
 
We’re at war, remember? There are terrorists who want to kill Americans. The Homeland is threatened. Classified information that appears in the media aids terrorists. At least that’s what Republicans wanted us to believe in 2012.
 
“We’ve seen more leaks, absolutely,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers told Fox News last year. “This is an opportunity for the president to be bold, to take a stand...It is very clear that somebody who had access to...very senior covert action classified material was responsible for some of these leaks.”
 
So the administration took bold action. Whether it has the chilling effect many fear remains to be seen. But if it plugs leaks that protect even one American life, then the First Amendment must take a back seat to America’s wartime security as it did in World War II when government censorship of the media was common.
 
Evidently McCain and other GOP senators agree.
 
“I want to see the details -- what was their rationale, why did they do it -- before offering an opinion," said McCain of the seizure. "For me, to rush to a judgment without knowing all the facts is just not appropriate."
 
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Laura Armstrong
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May 21, 2013
Interesting to note, George, that your questions have not been answered days later.

Biden and Obama did out SEAL six and the families of some members of that team did hold a news conference at the National Press Club that was heartbreaking. President Obama is hated by the teams. Right,, they must be racist....no, they just know that he's more sympathetic towards our enemies than to them. And the multiple scandals have teeth. Who will Obama throw under the bus next?
George Middleton
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May 18, 2013
To Anonymous. The problem with your logic here is that you overlook the fact that it was the

administration (specifically Joe Biden) that first outed Seal Team 6 as the people being responsible for taking out bin Laden.

There are questions being asked by the familes of the 17 Seals shot down, along with others, on "mission" in which all standing operational functions were changed by "higher ups."

If you think my statement was ignorant, then I guess you also think these parents, wives and chidlren of the dead Seals are ignorant.

Can you respond with something other than administration rhetoric and liberal BS to these questions being asked by the survivors of the members of Seal Team 6?

- Why did President Obama and Vice President Biden, disclose on May 4, 2011, that Navy SEAL Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, putting a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes?

- Why did high-level military officials send these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support?

- Why Afghan forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter?

- How military brass prohibited any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, but invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah?

Lib in Cobb
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May 16, 2013
@anonymous: Be careful, you are disagreeing with George he is going to wonder and inquire about the presence of your "male orbs".

A very good reason to maintain your anonymity.
anonymous
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May 16, 2013
@ Middleton - Here's why you are ignorant:

It was bad enough that Fox News outed the identity of a Navy SEAL Team 6 member who has written a memoir about his participation in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden – at the same time that the network was concern trolling about national security information possibly divulged by the publication of the SEAL’s pseudonymous book. But the next day, under cover of that same “concern,” Fox News military analyst – and newly-minted OPSEC swift boater – Bill Cowan suggested that any fallout from the revelation of the author’s true identity would be the Obama administration’s fault. Host Martha MacCallum helped perpetuate the falsehood by failing to correct or challenge it in any way.
George Middleton
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May 16, 2013
Still trying to ignore the elephant in the room I see. There is no justification for the amount of spying they did, which included much more than was authorized by the initial order. The leak, by the way, was the White House itself.

That "leak" resulted in ther deaths of the remaining members of Seal Team Six.
Lib in Cobb
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May 16, 2013
I love the "second place, I chose Palin", righteous indignation of McCain. As President Obama said to McCain not long after the 2008 beat down, "John the election is over". McCain is still playing I will get even for the lousy campaign I ran.
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