Is President Obama risking troops and national security for political gain

Is President Obama risking troops and national security for political gain

Washington : DC : USA | Aug 16, 2012 at 2:27 PM PDT
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Dishonest Disclosures

Osama Bin Laden is dead was the announcement to a national audience on the evening of May 1st that Bin Laden had been captured and killed.

"Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children." Full spech here

A group that describes themselves as non-partisan has created a Super PAC, which presently includes twelve members, to put a stop to leaks by the Administration they say.

The Group Special Operations OPSEC on their website Mission Statements states their aim is:

"STOP the politicians, President Obama and others, from politically capitalizing on US national security operations and secrets!

EDUCATE the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today's environment.

To Do Nothing is not an option as that allows the special operations and intelligence capabilities to be degraded, and paraded around like a show dog…ACTION IS REQUIRED NOW!"

In May and June there were allegations of intelligence leaks regarding a cyberwarfare software program against Iran and detailed information of the Osama Bin Laden capture, including sources of intelligence.

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) linked the White House to the leaks, but then walked it back a few days later.

‘‘I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,’’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.

The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House. ‘‘I don’t believe for a moment that he goes out and talks about it,’’ she said. Source: Daily Caller

While no direct link to the leaks has been made to the White House, there should be concern over these leaks, regardless where they come from. Taking partisanship aside, soldiers follow legal orders from their political masters, while intelligence operators try to get as much information to pass on to troops to meet an objective.

Sources for intelligence need to be closely guarded to ensure lives are not compromised. It is also not good policy to make information available to Hollywood movie makers, revealing minute details of a Special Ops operation.

Special ops are veiled in secrecy and with good reason. This is how these soldiers survive. Unit identification and their home bases not only endanger the soldiers of that unit, but also their families. It is probably no accident that Navy Seals were the target of insurgents, when a helicopter with 20 Navy Seals was shot down in Afghanistan of August 6th.

The late-night Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed up to 31 Americans and 7 Afghans killed over 20 Navy SEALs, including members of Seal Team Six, the same unit that participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

“It’s a big loss” for the SEALs,” one of the officials said. The numbers are high.”

“It is believed that about two dozen Special Operations Forces, including some from other services, were on board the aircraft, in addition to the Army crew flying the craft.” [...]

If the numbers are confirmed, the incident would be the most deadly for coalition forces in the Afghan war, according to a CNN count of international troop deaths.

Special forces have been conducting almost daily night-time raids against insurgent targets throughout Afghanistan. Saturday’s crash took place in the eastern province of Wardak, an area rife with insurgent activity. Source: FDL

Whatever the motivation for the OPSEC Team, whether it be real concern or political, one thing is certain, `Loose Lips Sink Ships`

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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