The ABC’s of Betrayal
Brian Ross of ABC News recently reported that President Bush had signed off on a plan to launch covert operations against the Iranian government. He declined to name the officials from which he had received the information because of the sensitive nature of the subject. This means that the unnamed officials and ABC news knew that revealing this information would hurt the US war effort.
The covert action plan was prepared and comes as US officials have confirmed Iran has dramatically increased its ability to produce nuclear weapons material, at a pace that experts said would give them the ability to build a nuclear bomb within two years.
Under the law, the CIA needs an official Presidential finding to carry out covert actions. These are kept secret, but are reported to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and key congressional leaders. This means the leak came from one of these committees. A traitorous government official purposely leaked the information and now these plans are no longer secret and can be read on the Aljazeera web site.
This is a prime example of why government officials can’t be trusted. Will there be an investigation on who is the traitor? Possibly a little torture on Brian Ross is a good place to begin, just to get a name or two. I mean if you’re going to be accused of torture anyway why not give it a shot? No, the Bush administration will do nothing as usual to find the source of the leak.
Aljazeera was happy to report, that because of the leak the plan has been bandoned. “A top State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said the group was disbanded because of widespread public perception and was created to topple the Iranian and Syrian governments.” The widespread public perception is ABC news, where more Americans and Terrorist get their news than from any other source.
This is just another in a long line of betrayals by the news media. They are continuously placing the nation and it’s troops in harms way by revealing military secrets. There was a time when an administration would ferret out the enemy agent and slap him in irons. There was also a time when this type of action would be considered treason, today they get a Pulitzer prize.