Friday, November 18

DANA PRIEST AND WAPO AT IT AGAIN OUTING CIA OPERATIONS

Maybe the best way to begin this post is to quote the following from Dana Priest's second major expose in recent weeks (here was the first) on secret CIA counter-terrorist operations, which, of course, are hardly secret anymore now that Ms. Priest and the Washington Post have compromised that secrecy. One must ask: why have a Central Intelligence Agency when secret, covert operations are revealed by the elite, liberal, mainstream media in this country?

Priest writes:

The CIA declined to comment for this article. The Washington Post interviewed more than two dozen current and former intelligence officials and more than a dozen senior foreign intelligence officials as well as diplomatic and congressional sources. Most of them spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not authorized to speak publicly or because of the sensitive nature of the subject.

Hmnn. We're engaged in a global war on terror in response to the heinous attacks on American soil of "9/11" and terrorist attacks elsewhere throughout the world and here we have Congressmen, current intelligence officials, diplomats, and intelligence officials among our allies spilling their guts out on condition of anonymity and compromising this nation's covert efforts to bring Islamofascist terrorists -- the beheaders, the car-bombers, the bomb-belted heathens championing a distorted religion and exploding themselves in the midst of wedding parties -- to justice. Does it strike you as un-patriotic and anti-American?

Here's how Ms. Priest begins her latest outing of the CIA (excerpts follow):

The CIA has established joint operation centers in more than two dozen countries where U.S. and foreign intelligence officers work side by side to track and capture suspected terrorists and to destroy or penetrate their networks, according to current and former American and foreign intelligence officials.

The secret Counterterrorist Intelligence Centers are financed mostly by the agency and employ some of the best espionage technology the CIA has to offer, including secure communications gear, computers linked to the CIA's central databases, and access to highly classified intercepts once shared only with the nation's closest Western allies.

The network of centers reflects what has become the CIA's central and most successful strategy in combating terrorism abroad: persuading and empowering foreign security services to help. Virtually every capture or killing of a suspected terrorist outside Iraq since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- more than 3,000 in all -- was a result of foreign intelligence services' work alongside the agency, the CIA deputy director of operations told a congressional committee in a closed-door session earlier this year.


Why disrupt the CIA's "most successful strategy in combating terrorism abroad" by publishing a lengthy article in the Washington Post on what the spy agency is doing and with whom? Why write the following:

The centers are also part of a fundamental, continuing shift in the CIA's mission that began shortly after the 2001 attacks. No longer is the agency's primary goal to recruit military attaches, diplomats and intelligence operatives to steal secrets from their own countries. Today's CIA is desperately seeking ways to join forces with other governments it once reproached or ignored to undo a common enemy. Beneath the surface of visible diplomacy, the cooperative efforts, known as liaison relationships, are recasting U.S. dealings abroad.

Dana Priest even goes so far as to identify the code name of the multinational intelligence center operating in Paris, France.

The CIA has operated the joint intelligence centers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to current and former intelligence officials. In addition, the multinational center in Paris, codenamed Alliance Base, includes representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.

Explain to me the purported gravity of the Valerie Plame outing -- a woman who was no more a covert CIA operative than I am -- and yet another episode of Dana Priest and WaPo pulling the curtain back on sensitive information gets a pass from the Justice Department? Does Freedom of the Press embrace disclosures of top-secret information that may compromise a war effort?

Do read the entire article. I particularly enjoyed Priest's illumination of former CIA Director George Tenet's unquestioned success, as "the master of liaison," in "persuading foreign presidents and intelligence chiefs to begin or deepen relationships with the CIA." Isn't this the CIA Director who was pressured to resign, as the MSM savaged him in article after article and editorial after editorial for the CIA's "9/11" intelligence failures and the absence of WMDs in Iraq that liberals in Congress and in the press are still pillorying President Bush over to this very day? Now Tenet's a good guy!

Gregarious and comfortable in foreign settings, Tenet by Sept. 11 had earned a reputation among Muslim countries as an honest broker in the Arab-Israeli dispute and for his role in training Palestinian security forces.

He was a natural at bonding with foreign chiefs of service, current and former intelligence officials said.


Fitzgerald pounces on Scooter Libby and this sort of thing goes on unabated in the Washington Post? Well, if the Party of Amnesia cabal, now joined by Representative Murtha (D-PA), has its way, flanked by its able allies in the MSM, we'll be out of Iraq soon enough, we'll get ol' 180 degree Hillary Clinton in the White House (and her husband in as Secretary-General of the United Nations) and all will be well in the world, Islamofascism will beat a quick retreat, and the CIA will become an anachronism.

Do remember to renew your subscription to the Washington Post to keep abreast of what the CIA is up to in the interim. You know, before we cut tail and run in Iraq and usher in a gruesome genocide in the Middle East, as we did the slaughter of millions in Southeast Asia by Khmer Rouge and Ho Chi Minh forces after the precipitous fall of Saigon.

Vietnam. Iraq. Terrorists are going to have a field day with us. Our Congress has the attention span and patience of a two year old.