What is most disgusting and troubling about these continual criminal leaks -- be they about the NIE, the terrorist surveillance program, heretofore “secret” CIA prisons in Europe for proven killers, or coerced interrogations – is the fact that the leakers are almost assuredly US intelligence operatives who have an ax to grind with George W. Bush or his administration.
In order to be an effective betrayer of national secrets, these government snitches need accomplices in the media to aid in the dissemination of the classified material. For that role, they turn to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other left of center news organizations that think nothing of revealing top secret information in an effort to harm the policies of an administration they hold in contempt.
Fine. We know the rules of the liberal elite. But what if, come January 20, 2009, Democrat Hillary Clinton or Democrat Mark Warner, is sworn in as the next President of the United States? And what if, two years into his or her term, some intelligence operatives with a right of center bias, decide, purely because they don’t like the policies of the new president, to leak highly classified information to the handful of conservatives outlets, in an attempt to discredit the President and his or her policies. What then, the reaction of Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, The New York Times, and The Washington Post? All liberals or news organizations who are thrilled with this current batch of leaks. What would they say about “conservatives” leaking information to hurt their President?
Their answer is obvious. Mine, maybe less so. Like the partisans who are now leaking to hurt President Bush, if in the future, a “conservative” leaks top secret information that he or she has sworn to protect, I would wish them to face the full brunt of the law. And if even one American lost his or her life because of a leak, then I would want that person to be executed for treason.
Until we severely punish those who leak classified information, then the traitors among us will not only continue to flourish, but will grow more brazen with the secrets they reveal.
Since I don’t believe our nation to prepared to execute or imprison those who leak such information, then it will be clearly impossible to stop them.
Should we not be able to stop these politically motivated leaks, then we cannot stop the terrorists who dream of our destruction. A future of untold loss of life because a handful of our fellow Americans decided they were above the law of the land.
When that day comes, I pity those who have been cheerleading the betrayal of these national secrets.
Douglas MacKinnon was press secretary to former Senator Bob Dole. He is also a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the forthcoming novel, “America’s Last Days.”
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