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The Dutch Boy Ran Out Of Fingers…

Posted by zaphriel on September 26, 2006

Or The Dike is about to explode.

Or How Best Win an Election and Loose the War on Terror.

Our Intel is leaking like a sieve. It seems our government, from the highest Democrat on down, doesn’t seem to understand what the word “classified” means. I tire of the constant “leaks” that don’t get prosecuted. The “leaks” that occur purely for political gain, and this is just another in a long line.

Bush to Declassify Part of Intel Report

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush on Tuesday said it is naive and a mistake to think that the war with Iraq has worsened terrorism, as a key portion of a national intelligence assessment by his own administration suggests. He said he was declassifying part of the report.

Democrats have used the report – written by analysts from a range of U.S. intelligence branches – to bolster their criticism of Bush’s Iraq policy.

The administration does not dispute the findings, but claims only part of the report was leaked – and does not tell the full story.

As usual, the moonbattiest of the moonbatties don’t want us to know the whole story. “Can’t control the populace if they have the whole story, nope gotta leak the best parts.” The parts that will do the most damage both to America, and the Republican Party. Remember, National Security is secondary to our regaining power.

There is never an excuse for leaking classified information. Only a few people in the U.S. have the power to declassify, and I almost guarantee the “leaker” in this case does not. If a simple schmuck like me did anything like this, I would be doing the rest of my life in a hard labor camp, if I was lucky. “Leaking” classified information is punishable by DEATH, unless apparently you are a high ranking former political official. Sandy Berger anyone?

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Alleged Leaker Leaks his Subpoena?

Posted by Mark on July 29, 2006

For your consideration, I present Mr. Russell D. Tice, former defense systems specialist in the NSA, now “doing housing construction work.” Mr. Tice leaked his subpoena compelling testimony to this reliable source:

…the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, which posted it on its Web site at The group was formed last year by Sibel Edmonds, a former F.B.I. translator who lost a court fight challenging her 2002 dismissal after the government invoked the state-secrets privilege, a legal doctrine it is also using to try to block lawsuits involving the security agency’s domestic surveillance program.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong. When you are given security clearance, you promise not to reveal classified infromation, period. It doesn’t matter if, in your opinion, it shouldn’t be classified. You promise, under penalty of law, not to leak it. Not to your wife, not to the dog, not to The New York Times, even anonymously. Sigh.

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Are You Really Surprised…

Posted by Mark on May 11, 2006

bush-hayden-large.jpgby the latest Media inspired story? Here’s how the latest firestorm began:

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

“Using the data to analyze calling patterns.”

Another way of saying that is…oh I hate this over used phrase so much…

Connecting the dots.

I said it.

Isn’t that what the NSA is SUPPOSED to do?

Now, one more thing.

Does anyone, find it coincidental that the current chief of the NSA was nominated to head the CIA yesterday, and this story comes out today?

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Double Your Pleasure

Posted by Mark on April 30, 2006

If you haven’t seen President Bush’s boffo performance at The White House Correspondence Dinner last night, you can catch excerpts here. My favorite line, “We Americans must come together, Republicans, Democrats…and John McCain.” I’d skip Colbert, though. He bombed big time. A real waste of time. double bush-large.jpg

After viewing Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Bush’s act, click around on Hot Air. It is rapidly becoming a major video blogging site. Check out Vent, by Michelle Malkin. Great stuff.

Posted in Intelligence, Politics, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Gambling for Peace in Reno – A Comment

Posted by zaphriel on March 27, 2006


An Open Letter To Mr. Andrews (And All Other Peace Activists…)

Man that killed me not to say “Peaceniks“… But I want this to be a serious post…

Mr. Andrews,
As is our policy here, and because I have met you face to face, I will not attack you in this post, only your flawed argument. Remember this is solely my opinion.

The original Comment by Mr. Andrews can be found here… for brevities sake a I will only use selected quotes in this post, I have not edited these quotes in any way (except for length), and will attempt to not take them out of context.

DVC00154.JPG“you quoted me incorrectly… but you were close… i personally voted against the slogan that sierra interfaith came up with: support the troops, bring them home. … i argued that a truly antiwar statement wouldn’t include “support the troops” because that means support the war, which i don’t.”

Once again, Mr. Andrews, as in my originating Post, I commend you for being honest. One of my pet peeves about the anti-war movement is the inherent dishonesty in that statement.

” the only war i would have enlisted in was WWII, being Jewish.”

So Euro-Fascism is bad, because it threatened Jews. But Islamo-Fascism, is not worth fighting, even though it is now religious based Fascism, and it still threatens Jews, as well as any other religion that is not Islam. Read the rest of this entry »

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Any Port in a Storm: So, Are You Feeling Safer Now?

Posted by Mark on March 9, 2006

At least someone has shown some sense over this issue. It’s a shame it’s not anyone in the United States. The Emir obviously values the UAE’s relationship with the United States a lot more than Republicans value their relationship to the President. This was a shameful day for Congressional Republicans. They caved. The President didn’t. And neither did the UAE. But I wouldn’t blame the UAE a bit if they did pull funds and contracts from the U.S. after this debacle. I hope they don’t. They’ve been a good ally in the war, and frankly, Congress just spit in their eye. My Republican Congress. It’s been a long time since I felt so deeply angry at members of my own Party.

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Any Port in a Storm: Part III

Posted by Mark on February 23, 2006

So, anybody besides me sick of this story yet? Almost makes you wish for the good ‘ole days of…um…last week, when the big story was Mr. Cheney’s quail hunting adventures, doesn’t it?

I’ve been reading everything I can find on both sides of the port issue. One great peice that lambasts both sides is Andrew McCarthy’s latest at National Review. I’ve learned alot about how ports work, and just how insecure they can be. I’ve been fascinated by some of the comments. Some seem to have been asleep for 30 years, and have now awakened to find themselves in a global economy for the first time. That’s not a bad thing, but is surprising to me. Polipundit has broken the arguments down in to four groups. I find this grouping to be true of LJiC as well. (HT to Hugh Hewitt)

By now, hundreds of comments, of pretty much every conceivable opinion, have been posted here at Polipundit regarding the sale of P&O Ports to Dubai Ports World. Essentially, there have been two camps established in the main, with two additional camps playing at a position but really using the debate for personal politics, which is a common hobby these days. They are:

1. People who oppose the sale because they believe that the operations of U.S. Ports are too vital to National Security to be entrusted to a company based in the United Arab Emirates, even though that nation has been a close ally in the War on terror, and a strong U.S. ally for many years and through numerous crises.
2. People who support the sale on basis of the U.A.E.’s record on security, on DP World’s long record of port operations, and on the fact that the contract between the United States and Britain which allowed P&O Ports to manage U.S. Ports did not disallow sale of the port leases to a company based in the Middle East which happens to be an American ally.
3. People who see an opportunity to score personal political points, ideally to advance their credentials for the 2008 Presidential race, and they couldn’t care less about whether their comments damage relations with an important ally, or falsely take focus away from vital concerns in order to quell the egotist tantrums of a narcissist hairpiece.
4. People who just love a fight, and are doing everything they can to turn what should be a serious discussion into a useless brawl.

Groups one and two have valid points and perspectives, and if we could just keep the debate to those two, a solution might found. Group three generally consists of the low-life section of the Republican Party (yes Frist, I mean you too) and the now-thoroughly vulgar candidates from the Democrats. Group four is pretty much the media, though I am disappointed to see that some from the New Media have developed a taste for the mud and slime.

Matt and I are firmly in group two. I haven’t read anything that has swayed me from this view yet. In fact, having just heard from Robert Kaplan on the Hugh Hewitt show further cemented my position. I’m hoping the interview will be up on Radioblogger soon. It’s worth hearing or reading. In fact, no one has done a better job of looking at all sides of this debate than Hugh Hewitt on his radio show. And tonight’s show was the best so far.

This debate is a good thing, and well worth the effort everyone has put into it. Here are some positives that I see coming out of this

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Any Port in a Storm: Part II

Posted by Mark on February 23, 2006

I promised that I would post any fact based post from readers I received opposing the port deal. Nariel over at Ancient Eyes has put up a good one. Does it convince me? Nope. But it does go beyond the hysteria to some facts to support her point of view. And that’s important.

A couple of points are worth making again:

DP World would NOT take over management of these six ports. They would take over a small percentage of shipping terminals, tranferring crates from a ship to the port, itemizing those items, etc. Saying they would “take over” makes a good sound bite, but is clearly inaccurate.

We are a part of a global Core community. That won’t change, nor should it. The best way to achieve a lasting peace in this world is to bring as many nations in to that community as possible. Few authors make this case better than Thomas Barnett:

As globalization deepens and spreads, two groups of states are essentially pitted against one another: countries seeking to align their internal rule sets with the emerging global rule set (e.g., advanced Western democracies, Japan and Asia’s emerging economies, Putin’s Russia) and countries that either refuse such internal realignment or cannot achieve it because of political/cultural rigidity or continuing abject poverty (much of Central Asia, the Mideast, Africa and Central America).

One more quote from the same article:

I dub the former countries the Functioning Core of globalization, the latter the Non-Integrating Gap. If we count up U.S. military crisis response activity over the past 20 years, it quickly becomes apparent that the overwhelming majority of our effort was concentrated inside the Gap. In other words, the U.S. “exports” security to precisely those parts of the world that have a hard time coping with globalization or are otherwise not benefiting from it. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks did the U.S. national-security establishment a huge favor by pulling us away from the abstract planning of future high-tech wars against make-believe “near peers” into the here-and-now concrete threats to global order. By doing so, the geographic dividing lines between the Core and the Gap were made clear.

The United States faces three national-security tasks in its role as “system administrator” to globalization: 1) to bolster the Core’s immune-system response to the sort of disruptive perturbations unleashed by 9/11; 2) to build a firewall to protect the Core from the Gap’s worst exports — namely terror, drugs, pandemics; and 3) to progressively export security to the Gap’s worst trouble spots. These are three very different tasks, and each will demand very different levels of cooperation with other states.

Barnett’s article, and his books, are important to understanding the current debate, rather you agree with the DP World decision or not. His books (listed under Liberty Recommends) have found wide acceptance throughout the Pentagon, the State Department, and many other departments in the Federal Government. They have produced a paradigm for understanding the world as it is now, not, as Nariel’s post implies, as she might wish it to be.

Barnett’s ideas are also important in understanding my post. The UAE has shown every evidence of wanting to become a member of the Functioning Core. We should not turn our backs on that effort.

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While The MSM Throws It’s Cheney Tantrum…

Posted by Mark on February 19, 2006

…stories like the Saddam Tapes go unreported. Pay particular attention to the excellent Saddam WMD Powerpoint Presentation.ppt. As the opening slides state:

Some items are clear and unambiguous, and others are open to various interpretations. Some of the interpretations are the difference between bad and worse.

When you have a choice between bad and worse, you know you’re in trouble.

If you have chosen not to contribute to Bill Gates’ retirement fund, you can also open the presentation with OpenOffice. It’s a FREE download, and functions very much the same, and in some ways with more stability, than Microsoft’s version. Did I mention it was FREE?

Posted in Intelligence, Islam, War and Terror | 5 Comments »

Nightline to Air Saddam Tapes Tonight

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2006

This is a big deal, but may get overshadowed by the continued media obsession with “The Cheney Shooting.”

( – Secret audiotapes of Saddam Hussein discussing ways to attack America with weapons of mass destruction will be the subject of an ABC “Nightline” program Wednesday night, a former federal prosecutor told Cybercast News Service.

The tapes are being called the “smoking gun” of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. The New York Sun reported that the tapes have been authenticated and currently are being reviewed by the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The panel’s chairman, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), declined to give the Sun details of the content or context of the recordings, saying only that they were provided to his committee by former federal prosecutor John Loftus.

Here’s a little more on the story, which should break wide open this weekend.

Question: What will the left do if the mantra “There were no WMDs” turns out to be a lie? Inquiring minds want to know…

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