GOP GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE (FINALLY!)
The Washington Post (registration required) reports this morning that Republican leadership is demanding a Congressional investigation on leaks of classified information to WaPo on secret CIA-run prisons used to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists.
Congress's top Republican leaders yesterday demanded an immediate joint House and Senate investigation into the disclosure of classified information to The Washington Post that detailed a web of secret prisons being used to house and interrogate terrorism suspects.
"If accurate, such an egregious disclosure could have long-term and far-reaching damaging and dangerous consequences, and will imperil our efforts to protect the American people and our homeland from terrorist attacks," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) wrote in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees. The letter requests that the committees "immediately initiate" a bicameral investigation. It also instructs the committees to refer to the Justice Department any information it uncovers that might constitute a violation of the law.
On November 2nd, I wrote in response to the Washington Post's outing of the CIA's network of prisons:
This MSM outing of top-secret CIA efforts to gain critically-needed intelligence in the global war on terror begs a Congressional investigation, as what WaPo has done in divulging sensitive, classified information is to endeavor to foment another Abu Grab-style scandal where one may not exist. And, after all, why have a Central Intelligence Agency to serve the interests of the United States if the media is intent on scuttling covert operations designed to save American lives?
If the Valerie Plame brouhaha merits the kind of overweening attention it received, then surely this does. Just who was the source of this classified information? And where is the line of demarcation for an open and free press between proper investigative reporting and the kind of reporting that may be tantamount to treason?
The Democrats will surely sieze on this rank disclosure and their frenetic left-wing will become an unseemly political billows again in intensifying the burning ambers of a sordid, Sheehan-style anti-war movement.
Americans should take no comfort in what the Washington Post has done this morning to undermine the country and the GWOT and to put our men and women in uniform in harm's way. The scandal is that such a report was written, not that the CIA is doing its job.
It's high time to determine if the CIA, as suspected, is running its own campaign to undermine the president. And more than past due is the need to turn the tables on the MSM and transform this WaPo outing into a Plamegate controversy of its own and find out who conspired to engage in this egregious security breech.
Indeed, high time the GOP turned the guns back on the Reid machine and the duplicitous mainstream media.
FOLLOW-UP: Frank Laughter links to my post and raises some good questions, while categorically stating that the leaks must stop and regardless of their source(s).