Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CIA Outs Itself



Click here for related story [Washington Post]

Administration Target      [Fox News]


The Intelligence Leak Scandal has now morphed into a full-blown attack on Fox News reporter James Rosen, who wrote about the potential of North Korean nuclear weapons back in 2009. 




[Press.org]
When the intelligence analysis was disclosed, the DOJ apparently searched and searched to find the evil-doers responsible for such a breach of intelligence.

And, it appears that DOJ's intense searches to determine the source of Rosen's information forced them to gather records on the Associated Press, members of the National Press Club in Washington, and an as yet undetermined number of journalists who might be determined to be unfriendly to -- or at least not fully supportive of this Administration


Yemen                 [CIA MAP]


It appears that the DOJ made that leap when details of a multi-agency operation against a terrorist group in Yemen were "compromised" when they were published in US Media, not the least of which was front page coverage in the Washington Post, which provided extensive detail of methods and sources, stopping just short of listing the home addresses and names of the children of all the operators involved.





We've written about these topics in the past.

North Korea     [CIA Map]



On Korea, we wrote several pieces, noting that the North Korean threat was essentially "much ado about nothing" and that an attack by North Korea against South Korea would be measured in hours, if not minutes.


More hype from the White House in an attempt to distract the public from Benghazi


 

On the Yemen operation targeting al-Qaeda, we wrote almost tongue in cheek assuming the extraordinary number of details the Post printed could only have been created as fantasy since no Intelligence Community operator would ever disclose that level of operational detail, no matter how much torture they might endure.  Given the current hunt for the purveyor of all that sensitive information, and the operational players [to include CIA, FBI, DOD, and the Saudis] the information would have most likely emanated from the White House itself.

CIA Director Brennan              [Breitbart]
And, lo and behold, it turns out that John Brennan, then counter-terrorism advisor and now, newly appointed Director of CIA, provided the Press a full briefing on the planning, the objectives, the conduct of the operation, the players, and of course, the Methods and Sources.

Mr Brennan was a one-man Press Conference, talking to the Washington Post, ABC's Good Morning America, and apparently, anyone with a microphone and camera!  There was probably more damage inflicted in Brennan's disclosures of Methods and Sources than even the White House disclosures following the SEAL Team assassination of Osama bin Laden. 

So, how is it that this witch-hunt for leaks is focusing solely on a Fox News reporter - rather than on Administration officials?

We've commented periodically on the fact that this Administration has leaked more sensitive intelligence Methods and Sources than any other in the history of the US.  The term "sieve" might best describe the leaks, but, that would be too conservative of a description. 

What sets this Administration apart from all its predecessors is the absence of professionals.  Instead, we find politicians occupying each key cabinet positions and well into the middle management positions.  Every action in this Administration seems to be political, and we've seen very little, if any, professionalism in any agency, at any level.

[TeaPartyTribune.com]
   There have always been "official leaks" disseminated subtly by Administration "knowledgeable senior officials"; the disclosure of sensitive intelligence, which NEVER included sources or methods,  was a form of diplomatic maneuver -- but NEVER political. 

In this Administration, there are no professionals operationally engaged - only politicians, thus endangering operations which have taken decades to create, groom and mature, and which involved agent and support nets developed carefully employing all the skills of both the clandestine and covert operational communities.


[SodaHead.com]
We've seen how well the political patronage system has worked in Chicago, Mr Obama's training ground, and note that the City's corruption has extended throughout the state, pulling both into fiscal and moral bankruptcy. 

The politicization of our diplomatic and intelligence system will most assuredly weaken our capacity to resist or repel our enemies of today or tomorrow.




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Obama's bogus IRS firing



ConservativeFocus.com
Click here for related article [Reuters]

"Stevie,

We need a villain to distract the public's attention from Benghazi!

Take one for the team, and maybe we'll fix you up with a lucrative position at Goldman Sachs.  
We'll technically "fire" you today, which will simply move up your previously planned departure in June; burn up your accrued leave on your way out and you can have your government salary plus your new private sector salary. TurboTax Timmy can coach you on how to manipulate your taxes."

Turns out this scandal, appearing in the midst of the Benghazi Congressional inquiry, was likely manufactured and produced by -- the Obama Administration, as a sideshow to distract the public's attention from Benghazi.  The Washington Post helped "break the story" by reporting that Lois Lerner, IRS Director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, appeared before the American Bar Association and "let slip" the disclosure that the IRS was investigating the Tea Party and other non-profits.

Hmm, what are the chances that one out of hundreds of lawyers at that gathering might alert the Media of this "scandal".

Other than Miller, we somehow doubt anyone at the IRS will take a hit, and the Administration will offer up still another scandal to distract the public from the Benghazi Hearings.

Background:
But, following Rahm's advice to "never let a scandal go to waste", let's take a look at Mr Miller:

Stage Show: Prince of Darkness?          [IndependentSentinal]
Steven T. Miller, Acting Commissioner of the IRS, was "fired" by Mr Obama to satisfy criticism of Mr Obama's politicizing the IRS to neutralize Conservative fundraising organizations during the 2012 Presidential Election. 

His previously scheduled departure had been in a few weeks, in June, 2013 -- which is when he will actually leave, now that he's been fired.

So, firing him affects his departure date not in the least! 

He screwed over the Conservatives in the election; now he's being rewarded.


But, it has made for an excellent Media Production for Mr Obama!
And now, the New York Times has picked up the story, NOT as a scandal, but as a means to vilify the Tea Party.

Mr Obama continues to be Pure of Heart!  Decisive, and goshdarnit! INTOLERANT of federal abuse!  Why, as soon as he learned of this scandal, he FIRED the Acting Commissioner!
[And Stevie, thanks for everything you did to screw over the Conservatives, and especially the Tea Party.  Without your help, I couldn't have won the election!]

       David Axelrod                           [Brightbart.com]




More Axelrod manipulation?
Will he take his stage productions to Broadway?
Will he visit Stalin's grave this year?





Unstated was that Miller apparently rose to prominence in the last four years by following the direction of Tim Geithner and Mr Obama.


Miller, a 25 year veteran of the IRS, moved rapidly up to and through the senior ranks during this
Administration; here are his recent positions:

Acting Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner
Director of Exempt Organizations and the IRS Whistleblower Office
Director of Tax Exempt and Government Entities
Director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement
Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner,


Georgetown University                   [Wikimedia]

Stevie is an alum of the University of Maryland, got his JD from GWU, and his Masters of Laws from Georgetown. 

They must be proud of this alum who used his education to abuse his position of federal government power.

Perhaps they'll put his picture and bio on the their recruiting literature.




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BenghaziGate



Mr Obama's road to perdition?
[We have added commentary to update this post 
(originally published 5/14/2013) 
to explain why Benghazi has disappeared from 
the headlines during the 2016 Presidential Campaign]

Click here for related story [Washington Post]
The Congressional Hearings on Benghazi gained traction through expert testimony from diplomats, senior security personnel, military officers, and intelligence operations staff at the Pentagon and at the State Department, and it appeared the Benghazi wildfire was about to consume the Oval Office and the formerly unimpeachable President.

[Note: Speaker Boehner and Committee Chair Gowdy successfully derailed the Benghazi hearings]

But, just in the nick of time, it appears the skill sets of Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, Obama's crack strategists [both skilled Stalinist operators] seem to have saved the day by possibly setting controlled fires to stem the Benghazi wildfire.

After a week of Benghazi testimony on the Hill, it seemed likely there might be trials and convictions ahead for Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta, and perhaps Articles of Impeachment for the President. 

But, abruptly, we learn through "inadvertent disclosures" by Administration personnel that:


a) Eric Holder's Department of Justice has been spying on the Associated Press, monitoring its phone lines, and heaven forbid, even monitoring the phones at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
     (1) Did DOJ have warrants for such a search?
     (2) If so, how were they authorized, and by whom?
     (3) Are the provisions of the Patriot Act and the NDAA coming into play?
     (4) Does this action serve to intimidate the Press Corps?

and,

[LIBERTARIANMEME]
b) The IRS has admitted harassing Conservative political groups, particularly the Tea Party prior to the 2012 election.
     (1) Oddly, this conduct was old news until Lois Lerner, Director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, "...let slip last week that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on Conservative groups with words such as 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names." 
    (2) Where and when did Ms Lerner "let slip" this information -- and to whom?  Did she plant the information?
    (3) Conservatives had complained loudly about this harassment throughout the 2012 campaign, and the Media paid no attention.

(4) Suddenly, this practice is front page news -- following a week of damaging Benghazi testimony?  Odd.  Why now?  Why not a year ago?  So now, Mr Obama is OUTRAGED at this discovery and is DEMANDING a full investigation. 

This is a classic political "Bait and Switch"!

Divert the Media with carefully timed and placed leaks of real information on scandalous, albeit on-going situations which the Press will pounce on and the talking heads will babble about for weeks, dominating the airwaves with these scandals and diverting attention from the Benghazi hearings.

Thus, the political strategy to overcome a dangerous political "wildfire" situation is much the same as combating a forest fire: that is, light "backfires" to consume oxygen and combustible materials in the path of the oncoming, and seemingly uncontrollable forest fire.

The Benghazi Forest Fire:

In this case, the wildfire is the Benghazi Congressional Inquiry, with a lengthy string of expert eye-witnesses in the queue, preparing to give full disclosure on everything relating to orders by Clinton and Panetta to ground and Naval forces, to the details of what rescue capabilities existed within minutes of Benghazi -- as opposed to the 16 hours response time Panetta claimed. 

The stakes?
Criminal charges against Clinton and Panetta, and ultimately, 
Articles of Impeachment
for Mr Obama. 

Payback is Hell, Barry! [NYDailyNews]
The potential spectacle of bringing General Petraeus in as a witness to fully disclose what the CIA was doing in Benghazi, and why the CIA Station Chief in Tripoli and the Benghazi Base Chief were ordered to "stand down" was deemed to be an indefensible situation.  We'll likely learn the CIA was moving weapons from Libyan warehouses to Syrian rebels -- and to the Muslim Brotherhood.

[Note: Subsequent revelations disclosed the CIA's involvement in moving arms to Syrian, al Qaeda, and ISIS anti-government forces.  It was these activities which led to Ambassador Stevens to covertly fly to Italy to communicate with the State Department regarding these activities -- presuming State would shut down these illegal operations.  His penalty? Death by Hillary's "video" and staged "protest".]

And, Mr Obama no longer has any means to prevent General Petraeus from testifying.

[Note:  So we thought.  But both GOP and DNC leadership supported the Kangaroo Court which tried and convicted -- and sentenced Petraeus in record time to silence him.  There were, of course, intimations that his family was also at risk if he dared to speak out further on Benghazi -- and he has since been silent.]


40 Ships, 175 Aircraft, 21,000 Military Personnel
We might also learn the reasons why not one of the US 6th Fleet ships positioned off the Libyan coast were not allowed to respond to calls for help from the Benghazi consulate.  The ships were equipped with transport and attack helicopters, and there were more than a thousand combat ready Marines at the ready.

There was also a Special Operations ship posted nearby, specifically designed to deal with rescue situations precisely like the attack on Benghazi.

Add to that testimony that the Commander of the US Navy Sixth Fleet, positioned off the coast of Libya, to explain why none of the dozens of his fixed or rotary winged aircraft could be deployed to rescue the diplomats in Benghazi. 

[Note:  Since 9/11/2011, there has been no disclosure from DOD or the US Navy about the disposition or response of any element of the 6th Fleet or Task Force 60 during the Benghazi attack]

We also note that the Predator drone flying overhead had been disarmed prior to launch -- deviating from protocol.  The drone provided real-time video coverage of the attack to the White House SitRoom, the National Military Intelligence Center [NMIC] and the National Military Command Center [NMCC]; had it been armed - [or had it been authorized to engage], it could have assisted those taking fire at the Consulate. 

World's Deadliest Aircraft - ordered to stand down

We wonder at the Stand Down order for the AC-130 gunship, also flying overhead, which had both regular and infrared video, plus Gatling Guns, plus a 105 howitzer, plus rockets and a massively powerful spotlight.

It was not allowed to engage even the spotlight. 
[YouTube link for video of capabilities]




General Petraeus appeared ready to disclose all, depending on whether or not the correct questions would be posed by Congressman Issa and his panel. We've not heard the results of the secret testimony he gave behind closed doors.

[Note:  General Petraeus was brought down in a "sex scandal" with his paramour/biographer with whom he shared "classified background information".  He was accused, indicted, tried and convicted in a matter of weeks of a "felony" and sentenced to prison and loss of his Military retirement pay and benefits.  The felony prevents him from holding a political office in the future; the process also prevented him from testifying further on Benghazi or other Intelligence matters]

GEN Ham & ADM Gaouette

It would be beneficial to hear from Admiral Gaouette and General Ham, both highly regarded commanders of nearby military rescue forces -- but both were relieved of their commands within minutes of their giving orders to their Special Ops personnel to respond. 


General Ham disappeared for several weeks, perhaps to be threatened with the end of his career -- and perhaps harm to his family -- only to return to his post, visibly shaken and wearing glasses, after Mr Panetta had installed his replacement with a much less qualified general.

Admiral Gaouette was pilloried by Mr Panetta's office which advertised that the admiral was relieved because he used profanity while disciplining a subordinate for his reckless conduct in his high-speed maneuvering through a naval formation.  Adding to this charge was another in which he used a term "which could possibly have been interpreted as 'racist' " while he was being 'roasted' at a party." 

That's quite a stretch! 
The Navy even went so far as to attempt to prove that on the day of the attack on Benghazi, Admiral Gaouette's ship was in Guam, Singapore, Seattle, and/or Norfolk - simultaneously; which of course contradicted Mr Panetta's public affairs news release welcoming the the USS Stennis as a participant in NATO"s Middle East war exercises -- in August, just a few weeks before the attack on Benghazi. 

These are issues which have not yet been addressed in the hearings, but which we expect will be in future sessions.  But, will the Press cover and report on the hearings?  Or will the Administration employ the "back-fire" diversions of the scandals involving the IRS and the DOJ spying on journalists to shift the public's attention away from Benghazi. 

I have Holder's back this much!
What better defense than to reveal on-going, but less egregious Administration malfeasance, complete with sacrificial lambs from the IRS and DOJ to toss under the bus.

Why, Mr Holder will likely be "forced to resign" [even though he announced several months ago his intent to resign].

All this drama will take months to play out, with the Oval Office hope that the Benghazi wildfire will burn out for lack of oxygen -- and/or Media attention.

[Note: Congressman Issa was aggressive in pursuing and publicizing his findings; once Trey Gowdy controlled the hearings, he barred Issa from participating -- or even observing, and the Benghazi hearings "disappeared".  We wonder what it took for Gowdy to sell out.  Gowdy wins the prize for the most hypocritical politician on Capitol Hill, outpacing even Boehner.]

As that GOP Master of Strategy, Lee Atwater, noted long ago,
"The American Public has an attention span of about three months, 
after which they will lose interest in any scandal."

Watergate, of course, was the exception to that rule -- and we hope BenghaziGate will be as well.