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"The chief of US intelligence has warned spy agencies against 'blabbing secrets' to the media, saying employees should be 'seen not heard.'"

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 08/24/10. (photo: Getty Images)
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 08/24/10. (photo: Getty Images)

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+1 # Guest 2010-08-31 12:51
The sound of one mouth clapping? The leakers are heroic, and instead of imputing unknown motives to them, why don't we just regard them as truly conscientious "objectors" to a murderous clandestine policy?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-31 15:03
Clapper need not worry, because after the Fascist Tea Party takes over in 2012 our country will be run like Germany was in 1930. As far as Gates, he seems to forget about being mixed up in the Contra Affair with Bush Sr.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-31 15:54
The CIA is in fact the major terrorist of the world and it must be shut down.

Government servants that exist only in the name of the tax paying people must not be allowed to work in secret without oversight by those that pay their wage.

The wars of terror and aggression was brought about only by the covert operations of 9-11, in which the CIA played it's own part, and second only to NORAD and DoD.

There is absolutely no justification for over 99% of security classification, except to hide unjustified government crime against humanity.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-08-31 16:56
Government employees who see illegal activities being perpetrated by other government employees have a duty and responsibility to advise the government and the public about it, no matter the consequences. Illegal means just that illegal and every citizen has a duty to his fellow citizens to advise them and help stop illegal activity if it is within their power to do so.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-08-31 23:11
The Obama administration has adopted a tough line on leaks. Isn't that "special"? Now, if the Obama administration would adopt a tough line on the illegal acts depicted in this leaked information, I would be impressed. Otherwise, this "kill the messenger" attitude just pisses off progressives. Many people regard this leaking of information, heroic. Outing illegal activity is not a crime ... it is an act of patriotism. Your continued punishment of “leakers” while doing nothing about the crimes depicted therein, says volumes about your character. What happened to the transparency you promised? Yes, you are better than Bush. So is a dung beetle. I didn’t vote for “not Bush” I voted for Barack H. Obama. We gave you Congress and delivered the White House. My job is finished. I gave you the tools you needed to get things done ... for “We the People”. I want to see some results.
 

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