I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. How can a newspaper or a journalist get away with revealing to the world top secret, classified information that could be harmful to our operatives and our national security? I’ve been waiting on word for the last several days for the Washington Post to be brought up on treasonous charges. In the current political climate in America, who needs foreign enemies when you have outlets like the Washington Post to destroy your country from within?
“The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. government, according to the copy of an email obtained by The Cable.
The Diplomatic Security Bureau at State sent out a notice Thursday to all department employees warning them to protect classified information and reject inquiries from the press when the new web feature goes live.
“The Washington Post plans to publish a website listing all agencies and contractors believed to conduct Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. Government,” the notice reads. “The website provides a graphic representation pinpointing the location of firms conducting Top Secret work, describing the type of work they perform, and identifying many facilities where such work is done.”
Call me naïve, but there are several things I don’t understand.
First, how could any journalist, editor or American news organization, in good conscience (assuming that they had one), make such a move towards exposing their own country’s operatives for the sake of a story?
Second, where is the complete and utter outrage from the rest of America upon news of this atrocity? Things are just strangely silent on the front.
Third, why aren’t other news outlets giving this the attention with which it deserves? As usual, the pot found in Paris Hilton’s purse, Lindsay Lohan’s court performances and jail time, and Mel Gibson’s rants are being treated as front page news, day after day, with constant hourly updates.
Fourth, why is the Executive Branch of this country not reacting with the seriousness with which this situation deserves and why are they merely giving a preemptive warning to these agencies?
The Washington Post is notorious for its lack of integrity towards this country’s national security. It was only a few years ago that they published another article by author Dana Priest that seriously undermined the security of this nation and later found to be dubious at best.
Accuracy In Media wrote an expose, connecting the dots on Dana Priest in May of 2006. Dana Priest wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning article several years back on the CIA’s “secret prisons” that she boasted on National Public Radio would be “an embarrassment for the Bush administration.” The Washington Post (yes, the same newspaper in question today) waited until it would do maximum damage to the administration and to our country’s national security to publish it. In fact, it was released the day before Condoleeza Rice was to have a crucial meeting with our European Allies over the War on Terror, damaging our credibility and straining our relations.
Yet, after several years of investigations by Europe and other countries, all of her prize-winning accusations have been proven unfounded with absolutely no evidence of any of these international facilities. Further, it turns out that the story had been originally reported and written as a group piece in 2002, without the spin, since these so called “secret prisons” actually started when President Clinton was in office.
In 2006 she regurgitated the story, refusing to cite her sources, making it sound as if it were brand new information that she just uncovered, an original Bush production and a huge scandal. And since the Pulitzer Prize conditions have fallen as low as the Nobel Peace Prize, that’s all it took to win.
Her source we found out later came from a leak by CIA Operative Mary McCartney who ” has been outed as a Democratic partisan who worked closely with members of the Clinton Administration and the John Kerry Campaign foreign policy team, including Sandy Burger, Richard Clarke, Rand Beers and Joe Wilson.”
Jennifer Verner, the author of the Accuracy in Media piece, does a great job at exploring her spousal ties and her obvious conflict of interest. Dana Priest is married to William Goodfellow, a radical left wing political activist and Executive Director for the Center of International Policy. Verner writes:
While Goodfellow has remained with CIP since the seventies, he has also maintained a relationship with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS, a notorious Marxist-oriented think tank). Throughout its history CIP has lobbied for the weakening of the U.S. military through unilateral nuclear disarmament measures and opposition to vital weapons systems, constraining U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities, and appeasement of Marxist regimes around the globe.
She goes on:
All of this has been accomplished without any major media scrutiny…Yet not a single mainstream media outlet has examined the documented histories and hard connections of money and political interest shared by Dana Priest, William Goodfellow, Mary McCarthy, Joe Wilson, Fenton Communications, Melvin Goodman and other vocal enemies of the Bush Administration. These relationships cannot be chalked up to random “inside the beltway” webs of acquaintance. They pose obvious and deeply troubling questions for anyone who values a free and independent press. The evidence suggests that Priest is part of a Democratic Party influence operation designed not only to politically damage the Bush Administration but to subvert U.S. foreign policy.
The dots between Dana Priest, Goodfellow, the CIP and radical Marxism are frequent and the ties between them run sinister and deep. Identifying them and understanding them in tandem with this new story that is about to break is crucial to discovering the hidden intentions behind it. The men and women who put their own lives on the line for each of us every day are at stake, the national security of our nation is at stake and the war we are fighting on two fronts is at stake. How much of this will we continue to tolerate, America? When should these people be held accountable for their actions and exposed for who they are, along with their no-so-hidden agendas?
Some say these kinds of stories are published and broadcasted to sell more dryer sheets and peanut butter at commercial time. However, I believe it’s far more sinister than that given the ties, the relationships with radical left wing extremists and their ideological views and purposeful intents on doing their parts to neuter and undermine our military, our secret operatives and our national security. The Washington Post is either a part of this agenda, of which I have very little doubt, or they don’t mind pimping out their country to the highest bidder. Either one is beyond shameful.
** UPDATE 7/19/010 8AM: It was confirmed this morning that the author of the new 16 page article released through the Washington Post was, once again, none other than Dana Priest. This new article can only be considered within the light and the lack of truth and integrity of her last “award-winning” article…which today is reflective for what it is worth… the puppies pee-pad.