Obama Is Tough On Leakers – Obviously, Liberals Have A Problem With This

This morning, the Politico has a story up regarding Obama’s tough stance towards leakers of secret material, one of the few things in which I actually agree with Mr. Obama. Previously, President Bush tended to ignore the leakers, when he should have been prosecuting them to the extent of the law. Obama? He and his administration are pushing hard to beat them like a rented mule

The Obama administration, which famously pledged to be the most transparent in American history, is pursuing an unexpectedly aggressive legal offensive against federal workers who leak secret information to expose wrongdoing, highlight national security threats or pursue a personal agenda.

Notice how The Politico puts this in the worst possible light. People who leak national security material are not the good guys: they are people who endanger programs that protect the United States. Interestingly, The Politico, like so many other players in the MSM, have ignored a good chunk of Obama’s actual failure to be transparent.

In just over two years since President Barack Obama took office, prosecutors have filed criminal charges in five separate cases involving unauthorized distribution of classified national security information to the media. And the government is now mulling what would be the most high-profile case of them all – prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Obviously, some people have a problem with this

The government insists it’s only pursuing individuals who act with reckless disregard for national security, and that it has an obligation to protect the nation’s most sensitive secrets from being revealed. Anyone seeking to expose malfeasance has ample opportunity to do so through proper channels, government lawyers say.

But legal experts and good-government advocates say the hard-line approach to leaks has a chilling effect on whistleblowers, who fear harsh legal reprisals if they dare to speak up.

Not only that, these advocates say, it runs counter to Obama’s pledges of openness by making it a crime to shine a light on the inner workings of government – especially when there are measures that could protect the nation’s interests without hauling journalists into court and government officials off to jail.

“It is not to me a good sign when government chooses to go after leakers using the full force of criminal law when there are other ways to handle these situations,” said Jane Kirtley, a University of Minnesota law professor and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “Of course, the government has to have some kind of remedy, [but] I’d certainly hope they’re being very selective about these prosecutions.”

These people are not “whistleblowers.” They aren’t do-gooders. This is not about openness and transparency. It is about protecting American programs that provide security, and which our enemies should not be privy to.

Liberals will surely disagree: they tend to think that any program under that protects the United States, especially against Muslim terrorists, should be readily available for all to see.

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU.

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  • Daily Dive-7 March 11 | adeliemanchot (March 7, 2011)
    [...] Obama Is Tough On Leakers – Obviously, Liberals Have A Problem With This These people are not “whistleblowers.” They aren’t do-gooders. This is not about openness and transparency. It is about protecting American programs that provide security, and which our enemies should not be privy to. [...]

4 Comments

Comment by Doomed
2011-03-07 08:56:17

I have no problem with whistleblowers uncovering and exposing Malfeasance or wrong doing.

But the Wikileaks was simply wholesale release of classified material that would make our enemies drool.

This sweedish bastard needs to go down. Hard.

The guy that passed this information needs to be executed….publicly.

Perhaps in the future people will fukin distinguish in their minds the difference between exposing hookers in the DOJ and Classified secrets……

I dont know….I think I could distinguish the two.

 
Comment by captainfish
2011-03-07 13:49:04

Wait, I thought the liberals LOVED IT when secret, sensitive, and harmful material is released…. especially to the New York Times.

Didnt they praise those leaks during the Bush43 years?

Sadly, Bush didn’t do anything about the leaks either, esp in a time of war.

 
Comment by William Teach
2011-03-07 15:29:48

Exactly right, Doomed. Whistleblowing is one thing, but Obama isn’t going after whistleblowera.

Leaks are only good when republicans are in office, Cap’n. Especially leaks that put American lives in mortal danger

 
Comment by Trish
2011-03-08 13:38:12

Used to be treason and it’s cousin leaks, was a bad thing. Now, if you’re doing it to screw a Republican it’s honorable. No matter how many lives you put at risk

 

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