Republican says US readying crackdown on leaks | Reuters.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Republican says US readying crackdown on leaks | Reuters.com: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration is preparing a crackdown on intelligence leaks to the media and will try to pursue prosecutions in some recent cases, the chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Hoekstra also suggested some unauthorized leaks could have been deliberate attempts to help al Qaeda.

'More frequently than what we would like, we find out that the intelligence community has been penetrated, not necessarily by al Qaeda, but by other nations or organizations,' he said.

'I don't have any evidence. But from my perspective, when you have information that is leaked that is clearly helpful to our enemy, you cannot discount that possibility,' he added."

6 comments:

Barry Dauphin said...

Now, we will see the NY Times and others go after Hoekstra. The implication that Bush broke the law was given wide play, and Hoekstra was the new darling for a day. Now that he suggests we can't discount infiltration when leaks help the enemy...well, let's see what kind of press he gets. Will some "dirt" come out on him?

chuck said...

Now, we will see the NY Times and others go after Hoekstra.

Ah, just what the Democrats need going into the fall elections: a mud slinging fest where the media ancien can demonstrate once more how far removed they are from everyday people.

Rick Ballard said...

Rocky and Durbin have been lying very low. Hoekstra may be blowing hot air but if Gonzales is going to make a move he needs to do it soon. Otherwise the dead media will be screaming about October Surprise right through the election.

Cold Cash Jefferson should be indicted soon as well. With just a little luck they'll nail Loretta Sanchez at the same time.

It's amazing that the Republican Culture of Corruption has so many Democrat victims.

David Thomson said...

“I don't have any evidence. But from my perspective, when you have information that is leaked that is clearly helpful to our enemy, you cannot discount that possibility”

Peter Hoekstra needs to drop a chill pill. I don’t even for a minute think that these individuals are intentionally helping the Islamic nihilists. No, it is not a conscious conspiracy. They instead perceive the Bush administration as more dangerous to world peace and our civil liberties than Bin Ladin and his buddies. The latter are supposedly brown skinned victims of Western Imperialism who have legitimate grievances. Their anger will begin to subside when Bush and the right wing reactionaries are no longer in power.

CF said...

Since virtually ever retired DoS and CIA official in one way or another goes on the Saudi teat upon retirement (Wilson did, too) and many military do as well, he is not so far from the mark.

Knucklehead said...

DT,

They instead perceive the Bush administration as more dangerous to world peace and our civil liberties than Bin Ladin and his buddies.

This is true, at least for the "foot soldiers" - the yoeman journalists and believers firmly implanted throughout the federal bureaucracy.

Over time, I strongly suspect that "leadership" becomes inherently conservative. They may start out as ideologues but once they have attained a level of status within whatever approximates their "organization" what becomes most important to them is maintaining the status quo.

Sulzberger is more concerned with maintaining his status as a premier Warrior Against Republicans than he is with actually achieving "progressive goals" or "protecting world peace and human rights". OBLs become more concerned with maintaining their status among jihadis than with actually achieving progress toward an Islamic caliphate.

They perceive change as a much larger threat than any setbacks or roadblocks to the progress of the ideology they hold.

The latter are supposedly brown skinned victims of Western Imperialism who have legitimate grievances. Their anger will begin to subside when Bush and the right wing reactionaries are no longer in power.

And this portion of the ideology they hold is freighted with an astonishing level of bigotry. The Swarthy Victims of Western Imperialism not only have legitimate grievances but they are also impotent to do anything about those grievance because despite, or because of, their Nobility and Authenticity they are, after all, primitive savages.

Therefore their rage and violence in not only understandable but inevitable.

"John Jay" of Chicagoboyz has an interesting little article, Socialism: The Opiate of the Inept and Surly that is tangentially related to this.

I'm not a big Spengler fan (I think he habitually overstates his case) but he makes a valid overall point with
The fraud of primitive authenticity
that is also tangentially related to the point you make.