Thursday, November 10, 2005

Reporters Worried About Politics, Not War on Terror

Dabbling in politics is expressly forbidden to the Central Intelligence Agency. We surely don't need an American KGB operating as a clandestine arm of government. But there appears to be a faction at the CIA that is determined to stage a political coup d'état and unseat the Bush administration.

From CBS News:
(AP) Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves.

Frist was asked if that meant he was not concerned about investigating what goes on in detention centers.

"I am not concerned about what goes on and I'm not going to comment about the nature of that," Frist replied.
That's the type of stupid question that is all too common among what passes for journalists today. The idea that it's more important to make sure captured terrorists are comfortable than to find out who at the CIA is putting us all in danger through politically motivated leaking is typical of today's journalism. It's akin to someone with aggessive skin cancer worrying about pimples.
Those who can, do. Those who can do better, teach. Those who can't do anything, become journalists.
It is essential that the anti-administration cabal within the CIA be identified, removed from power, and imprisoned. The investigation should start with anyone who joined the Agency during the Clinton years, as the CIA leaks are obviously attempts to influence Us politics.

As Ed Morrissey at Captain's Quarters points out:
Blowing sensitive missions during wartime like the detention facilities and the airline cover can easily cost lives of valuable agents, not to mention the loss of critical information regarding enemy capability and movements. Overt acts that release such information are felonies and require vigorous prosecution, once the perpetrators are identified.
The Captain is too kind. Such acts are treason.